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Drone skydiving: Would you take the plunge?

Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff
Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff
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Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff
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Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff
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Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff

Multicopters are growing more powerful by the day, and Latvian company Aerones specializes in creating industrial drones that can carry loads of up to 100 kg (220 lb). To demonstrate the lifting power of its drones, the company has used a custom unit to carry a skydiver aloft, before he drops and deploys his parachute.

We've seen a few exciting drone stunts over the past year highlighting the increasing payload potential of modern multicopter systems. Seattle-based Freefly systems introduced the world to dronesurfing last year using its Alta 8 octocopter, which was built to carry camera equipment weighing up to 12 kg (26 lb).

More excitingly, we saw YouTube daredevil Casey Neistat, dressed as Santa Claus, snowboard through the snowy surrounds of Finland propelled by a custom-built, 16-rotor multicopter. The Neistat stunt highlighted several moments where he madly dangled in the air as the super-powered drone thrust him well into the sky.

Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff
Thrill seekers here is your new favorite extreme sport. Using a drone you can effectively base-jump anywhere without the need for a tall building or cliff

The Aerones team has been pulling similar stunts demonstrating the payload capacity of its drone, but the company's latest video takes things to a new level... literally.

Their 28-propeller drone lifts skydiver Ingus Augstkalns off a radio-tower and elevates him 330 m (1,083 ft) into the air before he lets go and freefalls for a couple of seconds before releasing his parachute. The stunt could redefining the future of base-jumping, with thrillseekers now able to consider a whole new world of locations for short-drop dives without the need for tall buildings or cliffs.

Take a look at the drone jump stunt in the video below.

Source: Aerones

The Worlds FIRST DRONE JUMP

5 comments
Daishi
Probably safer than basejumping because you can move out away from the structure.
IanHoldsworth
Can't call it base jumping as you're not jumping off a base
Brian M
If you are starting at a height that is high enough for chute deployment than probably no more risky than base jumping, but if from ground level probably very risky unless drone can be certificated for manned flight.
McDesign
BASED Building-Antenna-Span-Earth-Drone Debased? Thank you
kellory
Not for me. If it fails any time between too high to fall and not high enough for chute deployment, you're dead. (But, there are risks with all adrenaline junkie Sports)