Drones have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Adventurers and thrill seekers use drones to capture some of the most amazing experiences all around the world. With the invention of a UAV drone that can carry a person, extreme sports enthusiasts have opened up a whole new world in the field of skydiving.
Aerones, a Latvian company specializing in large drones, has released several videos showing off their creation’s abilities with the help of extreme sports athletes. Their drone is nothing like the average quadcopter drone that aerial videographers use to make cool music videos. Aerones’ drone is capable of carrying loads as heavy as a human.
In 2016, they released their first video on YouTube showcasing their new gadget’s abilities by towing Kaspars Balamovskis during a snowboarding run. The video was largely successful and brought much needed attention to the company’s product.
Now, Aerones has released another sensational video spotlighting a different kind of drone stunt. This time, they took their drone skydiving.
Aerones’ 28-rotor drone hoisted skydiver Ingus Augustkalns thousands of feet into the air before dropping him into free fall to skydive back down to earth. The stunt began atop a large tower where Augustkalns was securely attached to the drone. He was raised 330 meters into the air and was then released.
Typically, skydiving is done from an airplane. This was the world’s first skydive from a drone. Augustkalns went into free fall immediately after releasing himself from the drone. Free fall normally lasts between 30 and 45 seconds before the canopy is released. Augustkalns successfully deployed his parachute and went into a graceful canopy ride back down into the drop zone. Canopy rides usually last for approximately 3 to 6 minutes. This varies depending on the location, altitude, elevation, wind speed, and a number of other factors.
Aerones’ website hosts several videos displaying the capabilities of their ingenious products. Many of the videos show extreme stunts being performed beautifully by professional athletes. Other videos show other operations that their drones are capable of performing. Their drone is able to lift up to 100 kg (220 pounds) and can be used for firefighting operations as well as rescue operations.
Using a drone to aid in rescue missions and emergency situations is the breakthrough many have been waiting for over the years. Drones can help make fighting wildfires much safer. Recently, a helicopter pilot was killed while fighting a fire when the bucket attached to his chopper malfunctioned. The incident caused the helicopter to crash into a slope. A drone carrying water to fires poses much less of a threat to the lives of valuable pilots.
Drones will also make rescue missions more affordable and effective. At the moment, helicopters are used for search and rescue. Drones can be more suitable for this mission because they are able to go into places that may be inaccessible from a helicopter.
With the invention of a heavy load-bearing drone, Aerones has opened a new field in the industry. Drones can know be used for much more than aerial photography and videography.