A Latvian tech company is claiming a world first after successfully test-flying a super-powered drone which lifted a daredevil skydiver aloft, from where he parachuted safely back down to earth.
Manufacturer Aerones performed the feat this week in a secret “drone-diving” operation in a wild, isolated central region of the Baltic state to which AFP had exclusive access.
The powerful drone measuring 3.2 square metres sports 16 rotors. Weighing 70 kilogrammes (154 pounds), it can lift up to 200 kilos.
The same drone was used in January to debut “drone-boarding” by towing snowboarders at high speed across a frozen Latvian lake.