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Drone Created By Medical Student Falls Out Of Sky After Recording Hours Of Footage

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Sean Levinson

A homemade drone containing two hours of recorded footage has been discovered after it fell out of the sky in an Orlando, Florida, suburb.

According to The Daily Mail, the unmanned aircraft crashed into a tree and tumbled to the ground in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Attached to it was a high-definition, GoPro camera.

The last footage recorded before the crash included a woman sunbathing in her backyard and cars traveling on Interstate 4.

The drone was recovered by an employee of TV station Local 6, which was able to trace the aircraft back to its creator.

The man who built the drone has been identified as Guimy Alexis, a medical student at the Florida State University College of Medicine. He told Local 6 that his goal was to record a flight, edit it with some music and then post the video on YouTube.

“There’s nothing nefarious going on,” he said.

And Guimy has made several other drones before. The Daily Mail found a number of videos on YouTube dating back to 2011 that show Alexis launching drones with a friend.

Though Alexis said he had no intention to spy on anyone, he did admit that this technology has the potential to violate privacy or to cause harm if it falls into the wrong person’s hands.

“I worry that someone will do something stupid,” Alexis said. “But if someone does do something stupid, they’re the bad apple, the bad egg.”

His latest creation crashed when the drones’ electronics interfered with each other, causing Alexis to lose control of the aircraft.
Drones like Alexis’s can be purchased for as little as $300.

Several politicians have taken action to make unmanned drones illegal for police and citizens alike. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law in April that severely restricts the use of unmanned aircraft by local police.

Via: Daily Mail, Photo Courtesy: You Tube

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson

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