Watch the First Skydive From a Drone

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 2:14PM
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 2:14PM
Watch the First Skydive From a Drone
Image credit: Aerones
Drones have gone from being novelty remote control helicopters to pieces of dystopian surveillance hardware, but we could never have anticipated that they would take the next step to becoming a straight-up Batman gadget, capable of lifting a full-sized person and flying them a thousand feet in the air. Instead of fighting crimes, however, these drones are being used to help people skydive, with an eye on becoming a tool to save people from disaster zones. Check it out!



The drone in the video is made by the Latvian company Aerones, which specializes in heavy-duty drones. Aerones is one of the leaders behind a new sport, droneboarding, where a high-powered drone pulled a wakeboarder or snowboarder, similar to parasailing. Aerones has also begun pioneering drone designs for other, more practical uses, like fighting fires and transporting heavy loads. When it comes to rescuing people from dangerous situations, it actually seems to work pretty well—here's a video of it lifting a guy off a boat:



The more we watch these drones, the more we're imagining Morgan Freeman describing them to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne, like that scene with the skyhook device. This one actually seems more plausible.
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