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Watch the world’s first human jump from a drone!

26 March 2018

A 28-propeller drone built by Aerones has lifted a skydiver at a height of 330 metres, from where he accomplished the planned jump and landing with the parachute.

The drone jump (Credit: Aerones)

This successful achievement shows the reliability and lifting-ability of the drone technology that proves unlimited possibilities for its use in saving people, fire-fighting, sports and entertainment. 

The jump was accomplished in Mali, rural area of Amata, Latvia, in cooperation with the State JSC Latvian State Radio and Television Centre (hereinafter -– LVRTC), whose communications tower of 120m was used as a platform for the jumper. In order to reduce potential risks, the drone took the jumper from the tower of 120m and then lifted up in the height intended for the jump.

Preparations lasted six months, at which time the payload of the drone increased up to 200kg and a number of tests were carried out, including the flights with the jumper over the river Daugava.

Ingus Augstkalns was an author of the idea and the skydiver. He said: “My emotions are fantastic. Both feeling how easily and quickly the drone lifted me, and because Latvia proves itself in innovations of technology. It is obvious that we will experience an increasingly important use of drone technology in our everyday life.”

Janis Putrams, a chief engineer of Aerones and a pilot of the drone: “Already in the near future, our technology will save human lives, will help to fight fires and carry out other challenging and significant work. With this project, we show that we are ready for serious tasks in the field of civil defence and sports.” 

Aerones is the Latvian drone manufacturer that is focused on the development of drones with high lifting power. 

Ingus Augstkalns is an experienced skydiver and a wind tunnel flyer. He is also a co-founder of innovative technologies companies AERODIUM Technologies, Cube and Captomatic.

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