"An island in Panama" Hmmm...I have MANY Russian (speaking) friends and culturally and attitudinally they are definitely different. Drones aside, every single one of them came here from the Soviet Union with nothing in their pockets and every single one is incredibly financially successful (one bought and island in Panama!!!). There might be something to learn from them.
Yeah... This Russian immigrant and his partner, who came here with nothing sold their business to a large corp for $500 million! Not quite in Elon Musk's league... but not bad. I don't think they were 50 years old at the time of the sale. He can afford the island (which is really isolated). I haven't heard from him since he pulled up stakes and moved there full time."An island in Panama" Hmmm...
I don't think he's hacking the software. It's supposed to be able to go up to 6,000 meters and he's just testing it with a "reinforced" battery. This is in Kazakhstan so they probably don't have the same rules we have in North America.I found these videos (these videos are NOT mine) of a guy flying his Mavics way too high, I'm not talking about 500 meters max… He hacked the firmware and went so high that the height indicator glitched in an integer overflow and looped around into negative values… This is crazy!
My question is just WHY would anyone do this??
At 2:15 in the video you can see the height indicator going to negative values and seems like he is descending, but it is just glitched, he keeps ascending…
Here is the video (it is in russian, but just watch what he does, don't listen if you don't understand russian):
Here is him doing the same but with an Air 2S and (I guess) in a different location:
And he also did it with a Mavic 2, this video is titled “Mavic 2, strange glitch happened while doing height test, result: crash”. I mean, what does he expect, it isn't that weird for a mavic 2 to crash if you fly it to 3000 m AGL, is it?
Here is the video:
What do you think about this, is it normal?? He puts other (manned) aircraft at risk!
Definitely a stunning footage. It's no different than the guy in Maui, Hawaii who does his range tests. BTW I don't think he hacked the drone. The Mavic 3 is supposed to be able to get up to 6,000 meters and he was testing it with a "hacked" battery to increase flying time.My question is, do you really, truly, have not even a guess as to why the person in question did these flights? That was the purpose you made clear in posting this thread.
My answer to the WHY question is, "stunning footage".
All DJI crafts are software locked to max 500m above the HP ... the figure about 6000m stated in the specs are the max service ceiling above sea level. This means the max altitude the drone still can generate enough thrust to fly reasonably well in the thin air up there.I don't think he's hacking the software. It's supposed to be able to go up to 6,000 meters and he's just testing it with a "reinforced" battery. This is in Kazakhstan so they probably don't have the same rules we have in North America.
a permit from the competent authority
Of course you're right... and certainly there would be no such exception permits on the populated mainland with a lot of air traffic (...)I'm simply astounded in a country like Thailand, being such a compact country with many flights in / out in the general surrounding region too, that the airspace authority there would grant any sort of permit for such a flight.
Yes... what should be said about that... "it's a pity that it fell down with 0% battery" or "congratulations on the new record attempt" (...)The previous experiments he made with his drones weren't enough for him. Today he released another video flying higher than ever! 6563 meters (21532 feet) AGL, and this time, he crashed his drone! When he reached that height he was already on 0% battery, and he did a CSC command, the drone turned off the motors, it started drifting horizontally a lot because of the wind, and then mid-fall the battery fell off, and it powered down! Looking at the footage, the experiment was conducted at a very safe place, no villages/houses around, so we can just hope that it didn't fall on anyone's head, because a free-fall Mavic 2 from 6K Km high will certainly do a lot of damage!
Here's the video: