With a futuristic mixture of drone know-how and snowboarding, the Latvian firm Aerones is redefining excessive sports. Dubbed “droneboarding,” the burgeoning sport pairs expert pilots with fearless athletes. Snowboarders maintain onto a tow rope whereas a 9-foot lengthy drone flies by way of the sky, pulling the riders throughout the frozen terrain.
Virtually one yr in the past to the day, Aerones revealed footage of snowboarder Kaspars Balamovskis being towed by considered one of its heavy-obligation drones. The primary-individual perspective from Balamovskis’ GoPro calls to thoughts Anakin Skywalker’s podracing scene from Star Wars.
In its newest check carried out Jan. 14, Aerones managed to tug 4 snowboarders concurrently, a exceptional feat of engineering (and coordination).
Latvian engineers have developed an enormous drone capable of tow snowboarders and carry individuals pic.twitter.com/1YlE5iR2G7
— AFP news company (@AFP) January 23, 2017
“It appears to be a profitable check,” stated Aerones CEO Janis Putrams. “We began enthusiastic about it two years in the past. It was a type of Friday afternoon concept and we simply questioned if it will be attainable,” he defined to AFP.
The sixteen-rotor drone is able to lifting as much as one hundred forty five kilograms (320 kilos) and reaches a most velocity of one hundred fifty kilometers per hour (ninety four mph), in accordance with the news company. For now, security considerations have stored droneboarding speeds at a cool 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph).
Davis Ceze, a 24-yr-previous skilled wakeboarder and snowboarder, expressed his approval. “That was superior,” he informed AFP.
Anita Leina, 22, needs to place droneboarders within the driver’s seat. “It’s very cool. However the final can be to regulate your personal drone when you have been snowboarding.”
Droneboarding with the craziest woman I do know @anita_leina. Thanks @aerones for the chance and need you power to develop it for on a regular basis use. #snowboarding #winter #droneboarding #aerones #burton