A Drone Flying Two Miles High Is Equal Parts Illegal and Beautiful

In most every country worth mentioning, flying a drone to 11,000 feet is illegal without all sorts of complicated paperwork. But if you don’t give a shit about the law, the footage you can capture from that high up is darn cool.


The video was captured using a DJI Phantom 2, which is the last Phantom-series drone to not be altitude-restricted in the software. Of course, all responsible, law-abiding pilots are supposed to remain below 400 feet above ground level when flying, but that’s just in the USA.


In the EU, where this video was filmed, the restriction is supposed to be 500 feet. Of course, small drones don’t show up well on radar, so they’re hard to police, so the altitude limitation becomes more technical than physical. 11,000 feet is still hard to reach—the pilot claimed to have 27% of battery remaining by that point, just enough to descend safely without crashing full-speed into the ground.


Contact the author at chris@gizmodo.com.

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PSA: mute your audio to avoid the horrible dubstep soundtrack.