Drones aren’t just for carrying GoPros anymore. Aerones is a Latvian company that specializes in drones that can carry really heavy stuff — up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds). The companies name may sound familiar to you, it’s because they used a drone to tow a snowboarder last year. The company has gone a step further this time, using one of their drones to haul a skydiver into thin air.
In the video, Aerones starts its 28-rotor drone floating on a pond, the drone lifts off and picks up skydiver Ingus Augstkalns who is already atop a radio tower from there the drone climbs to a height of 330 meters. Augstkalns lets go and parachutes safely to the ground from there.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a large drone pick someone up. Casey Neistat used a drone to take to the skies – albeit at a much lower altitude – back in December using a custom 16-rotor drone.
Aerones’ stunt is a pretty cool demonstration of the lifting capabilities of heavy-duty drones. While skydiving is a cool demonstration, I would guess that as lifting capability increases and battery technology progresses we’ll see heavy-lift drones popping up in a lot of industries. Fire fighting, construction, dangerous rescue operations, hell maybe even Christmas tree farming: