As the drone industry continues to grow, aerial enthusiasts are flying — and leaping — to new heights.
Skydiver Ingus Augstkalns, who came up with the daring idea, used the top of a 393-foot communications tower as a launch pad. Latvia-based company Aerones completed “the world’s first drone jump ” last week with their 28-propeller drone.
Augstkalns clung to handlebars suspended from the bottom of the aircraft as he rose to over 1,000 feet before letting go and deploying his parachute.
“Emotions are fantastic,” Augstkalns said in a statement. “It is obvious that we will experience an increasingly important use of drone in our everyday life. Definitely also my friends skydivers all over the world will be excited about these new opportunities. We live in an exciting time.”
Aerones plans to use the powerful technology in fire-fighting, human rescue and sports broadcasts.