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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Watch When a Drone Flies Through Fireworks

As reported by Wireless Design MagHave you ever wondered what a fireworks show looked like from the “inside?” The following video, filmed with a GoPro Hero 3, was given an up close and personal view of an Independence Day fireworks display over West Palm Beach, Florida—flown into the action by a DJI Phantom 2 unmanned aerial vehicle.
You probably won’t see many drone-filmed pyrotechnic videos circulating this year, however. Since the video went viral after last year’s Fourth of July, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has declared certain areas, such as Washington, D.C., a “no-drone” zone. Other local regulations make it increasingly difficult for drone enthusiasts to operate their aircrafts during such events. Restrictions are intended to promote safety: for instance, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) considered “recreational” in nature can’t fly higher than 400 feet or through or above surrounding obstacles, and must be visible at all times.
Even so, the video is nothing short of spectacular. Despite some close calls with a few whizzing firework shells, the aircraft emerged from the explosive show unscathed.