Date:15 May 2017
If skydiving is already checked off your bucket list and you need something new and exhilarating to get your adrenaline pumping, maybe try drone-diving.
The world’s first drone jump was completed by skydiver Ingus Augstkalns in Latvia. In the video you see a drone execute high lifting power like never before. Augstkalns was lifted from a 120 metre JSC Latvian state radio and television communications tower by a massive 28-propeller Aerones drone. At 330 metres he dropped and parachuted back to safety.
Aerones, the company behind this extreme sport, is best known for popularising “droneboarding” in Latvia in 2016. It features a rider on a snowboard pulled by a drone through snow. Imagine snowboarding meets skiing. Check out droneboarding in action here.
The super-powered drone used for drone-diving sports 16 rotors, weighs 70 kilograms and measures 3,2 square meters. The drone has the capacity to carry up to 200kgs in weight. Chief engineer of Aerones and the pilot of the drone, Janis Putram believes there is a future for the drone tech in rescue missions.
Who knows, drone-diving might be the next big thing – watch this space.
Video credit: Aerones