Ever wonder when you’d get to fly on a Google plane? We’ve been sent a number of documents which show Google’s continued work on air projects – especially on batteries that’d allow aircraft to remain in flight for long periods of time. Not necessarily for human beings – in fact more than likely not. Instead, what we’re looking at here is a containment pod for electronics. If you find yourself onboard one of these planes, something’s gone wrong. But no worries!
According to the listing, “Battery containment pods allow aircraft to safely carry batteries away from the main structural elements of aircraft, so that the batteries can safely store electrical power generated by other onboard systems such as solar panels on or in wing skin and can provide power to one or more motors that drive propellers to propel the aircraft, as well as onboard systems such as navigation electronics, communication electronics, etc.”
The key bit there is “electrical power generated by other onboard systems such as solar panels on or in wing skin.” Google is certainly still working with what they purchased back in April of 2014 in Titan Aerospace.
For an extended look at what Titan Aerospace had back in 2014 before Google acquired them and production became a bit more secret, head over to our feature Titan Aerospace: These are the drones Google just bought.
In December of 2015, the birth of Alphabet and the reorganization of Google’s companies therein saw Google X taking over projects Titan and Wing. back then, it was clear that Titan was a compliment for Project Loon, while Wing was similar to Amazon’s own drone program.
Google just updated us on Project Wing a few days ago in the form of a video you’ll see here:
The batteries we see above could be used for a wide variety of projects, but most likely they’re meant for Titan.
Loon, meanwhile, is Launching At Scale – as you’ll see below.