“Emotions are fantastic. 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.”
– Ingus Augstkalns
In order to stand out from every other daredevil, skydiver Ingus Augstkalns teamed up with Latvia-based company Aerones in order to pull off a stunt that only the 21st century could allow – the world’s first drone jump!
To achieve this, Augstkalns climbed up a 393-foot communications tower. It was then that a 28-propeller drone designed by Aerones was flown to Augstkalns’s location, allowing him to grab ahold of its handlebars as it lifted him to over 1,000 feet. Once he ascended to an optimal height, Augstkalns let go of the drone, began descending, and then deployed his parachute. Both the jump and landing were successful, as shown in the video shared above.
While the jump wasn’t the most life-threatening stunt performed thus far, it does serve as a case example of how far we can take our modern technology and push our means of living to its very limit. So far, Aerones has used drones for snowboarding, firefighting, wakeboarding, and now skydiving. Where the company takes their drones next is unclear, but as the old saying goes, the sky is the limit.
Photo Credit: Aerones