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New Footage Captures Drone Crash Over Apple Park

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It's been well over two years since monthly drone updates have been shared online covering the construction progress of Apple's second campus in California, called Apple Park. Over the weekend, drone videographer Matthew Roberts posted his latest video on YouTube, but instead of covering the newest updates to the campus, the video captured a drone that malfunctioned and crashed over Apple Park.


Roberts said the crashed drone's operator got in touch with him, asking for help in locating the downed drone on Apple's new campus and sharing the footage from the crash with Roberts. The drone that crashed is said to be one of DJI's devices, so the owner was able to review a cached version of the video on the DJI app on their phone/tablet following the incident. "There were no signs of premature failure," the owner said, and it's still unclear why the drone malfunctioned.

Roberts eventually discovered the drone crashed among the solar panels on the roof of the main Apple Park building. The drone's owner has contacted Apple and notified them of the incident, and Roberts said that "it remains to be seen" if Apple will return the drone back to its owner. In the video, it appears that the drone has remained mostly intact following the crash.


In the latest monthly update of Apple Park shared by Roberts earlier in February, the new campus was described as seeing increased activity from employees now that more have moved in, with bicycles appearing throughout parking lots and on walkways. The maintenance facility has also been completed, but Apple is still working on landscaping in a large area located between the main building and Steve Jobs Theater.

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Junior117

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Not only am I nearly certain that Apple will not give it back to him (I hope I'm wrong, but knowing Apple...), but they are probably going to now make it explicitly clear that you are not allowed to fly drones above the campus without permission.

This probably means no more flyover footage, which is a shame, because I've always looked forward to those at the beginning of every month. :(
 
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makr

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Why not use another drone to lift and take the “crashed” drone away? I don’t know much of drones, but seems logical since many of these devices can lift themselves twice over now.
As far as I know there is no such attachment for grabbing items with a drone. But you can still attach a fish hook and try to lift other drone with it, however if the other drone is stuck and you cannot undone the hook then you'd have two drones need to be recovered from that roof. :)
 
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kissmo

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Probably the drone was running on High Sierra....
I wonder how Apple reacted though. Were they angry? I mean - it still hit a solar panel.
 
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djlythium

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Hopefully Apple will reply to him with an invoice for repair of damage to solar panels.
Just like if someone had crashed their drone on his house.
Oh, that’s gonna suck! Probably a massive bill.
[doublepost=1519056729][/doublepost]Watching the segments with the crash, all I could think was “Game over, man!”
 
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jybrick

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Not only am I nearly certain that Apple will not give it back to him (I hope I'm wrong, but knowing Apple...), but they are probably going to now make it explicitly clear that you are not allowed to fly drones above the campus without permission.

This probably means no more flyover footage, which is a shame, because I've always looked forward to those at the beginning of every month. :(
If you remember, a few years ago Apple was quite upset about one of their lost phones not being returned. It would be hypocritical of them not to return the drone.
 
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justperry

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I'm a rolling stone.
Drones should be forbidden for most people, luckily we have laws here to prevent such behaviour, even better, later on you need to get expensive papers for them.

Drones are no toys, even though most people think they are.
 
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