Google reportedly in talks to invest into Virgin Galactic

June 12, 2014

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    We’ve known for a while about Google’s plans to bring the web to remote parts of the through efforts like Project Loon. This effort includes the plans to bring internet through the use of low-earth orbit satellites.

    As you can imagine, all of this is easier said than done. In order to further its efforts, a new report from Sky News claims that Google is getting ready to invest in Virgin Galactic. Yes, that’s the company working towards making commercial spaceflight more accessible for folks.

    No, Google isn’t necessarily interested in space tourism or setting up ads on the moon. The plan is for Google to invest hundreds of millions into a joint venture with Virgin. The joint venture will basically help both companies further their efforts, and will give Google access to technologies that could be used for its satellite launching plans.

    In addition to forming a joint venture, Google will reportedly invest $30 million into Virgin Galactic holding company directly, giving it a small stake in the company’s commercial space efforts.

    Neither Google or Virgin Galactic have confirmed or denied the talks of a possible alliance, though we wouldn’t be too surprised if the reports prove accurate. After all, this isn’t the first time Google has turned its attention towards space-related companies, such as its recent $500 million acquisition of satellite imagining specialist Skybox.

    Comments

    • Jivester

      They are truly turning into a moonshot company…and I like it

      • joser116

        They have been for quite a while. Ever since they were founded. Organizing the world’s information and making it accessible is a pretty huge moonshot, one in which they are still working on.

        • Jivester

          I meant literally

    • sounds cheesy

      Cheaper transportation to Google’s lunar hosting and research center: The Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E)

    • Boonlumsion Piyapon

      After Google’s April Fools like Google fiber become true. Now Virgle ?

    • PaulACalvin

      As you can imagine, all of this is easier said than done. In order to further its efforts, a new report from Sky News claims that Google is getting ready to invest in Virgin Galactic. Yes, that’s the company working towards making commercial spaceflight more accessible for folks. http://0rz.tw/9BIIY

    • Mur

      They should just contract SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, or any other COTS participant IMO.

    • Jayfeather787

      WIFI to all!!!
      Small typo: We’ve known for a while about Google’s plans to bring the web to remote parts of the through efforts like Project Loon

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