The mission was to send a chocolate bar from Tseung Kwan O to Repulse Bay. That’s straight across Hong Kong—over mountains, above the ocean, and through tall buildings. The pilots say that the drone used is just a “consumer-level quadcopter easily available online,” though they customized it a bit for better battery life.
They set up a relay team of seven pilots to take control of the drone at various points throughout the flight. The six-mile journey ended up taking almost 14 minutes, but it happened without incident. And the footage is simply bonkers. (They picked the flight plan specifically because it “offers the best scenery.”) Again, this took a lot of planning.
The pilots spent weeks studying wind patterns, spotting building heights, and finding a route that didn’t cross over many roads. They also detailed their process in the video’s description on YouTube so that others could learn safe flying techniques. “Drone technology is progressing so fast that if we hadn’t done this delivery stunt, someone else would have – but someone with less experience,” one of the pilots told the press. “We wanted to raise awareness about the preparation required for a safe flight.”
What a beautiful place – I had no idea. I like the way that they used a “Hollywood sign” titling effect to note key landmarks – a nice trick which can be further refined.