By Brandon Mercer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) — Google has purchased New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a manufacture of high-altitude solar-powered drones, adding to its arsenal of machines, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The potential applications are broad for the 164-foot wide lightweight aircraft covered in solar cells, which Titan calls “atmospheric satellites” based on their ability to remain aloft for months.

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The WSJ reports that they’ll be used to support Google Maps, Google Earth, and other aerial imaging platforms.

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In December, Google expanded in another robotics area, buying Boston Dynamics, which makes robots inspired by animals.

The NASDAQ-traded stock (GOOG) was up about 0.7 percent during the day.

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