Drones can get stranded, but other drones can come to their rescue, as an epic new video demonstrates.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, are rising in popularity. While even in the recent past, this kind of technology was considered futuristic and inaccessible for the general public, an increasing number of drones have been soaring the skies.
Those who purchase and operate drones have diverse reasons for doing so, but the purpose of one drone in Oregon was to help out another drone. Harissen Howes had a small Syma X5C aerial drone, which his roommate "drunkenly" cast onto a neighbor's rooftop. The drone spent the next two months there, because Howes said the rooftop was impossible to access.
Nevertheless, he refused to let it go and ultimately came up with an ingenious plan to rescue his stranded drone. Howes purchased a larger drone and equipped it with a video camera, a pair of hooks improvised from coat hangers and fixed it up with some green tape to keep everything in place. DJI Phantom 3 Professional to the rescue!
The camera-equipped drone managed to reach some impressive heights during its mission, capturing some great footage of nearby houses and streets along the way. The drone successfully reached its destination, catching and retrieving the smaller Syma X5C drone with one of its hooks.
Howes posted a video of the rescue mission on YouTube, even adding an epic soundtrack suitable for the operation — "No Time for Caution," by Hans Zimmer, from the Interstellar soundtrack. Unsurprisingly, the video went viral in no time.
The smaller drone apparently works just fine, even after spending two months high and dry on that rooftop. Howes revealed that all it took was a set of new batteries, and the rescued Syma X5C drone came back from the dead.
Check out the video below to see how the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone managed to rescue and safely return the stranded Syma X5C drone to its owner.