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Space Needle Drone Footage


We did a short flight around the Space Needle here in Seattle.  Clear blue skies with some Washington State Ferries in the background.

7 responses to “Space Needle Drone Footage

    • Kevin April 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Yes, we have a Phantom 3 Advanced and a Phantom 3 Professional. The Advanced model can go up to two miles away. I’ve had problems with the Professional and like to keep it within visual sight while flying.

  1. soakinscott April 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    How much is the drone ? My boss just gave me a drone for no reason. It’s a Parrot and the interface for the phone sucks. But I need to play around with it. I imagine yours is nicer.

    • Kevin April 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Ok. We have two DJI Phantom 3 drones and they are about $800 each. I crashed the first one twice and my son rebuilt it. It is the Advanced model and he has flown it two miles away. While he rebuilt that one, I purchased another one (P3 Professional) and that one is OK. Nicer camera but the model I got has a wifi connection which sucks. Don’t buy that one. Spend the $200 and get the wired connection. Mine has a bunch of “interference” and is annoying as hell. But I haven’t crashed it. I also fly like an old lady. Otherwise it is a fun hobby. You get to meet a lot of weirdos while you are flying, asking a bunch of questions as you try not to crash. That’s why I like to fly in parking lots or back alleys….

      • soakinscott April 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        Not to sound dumb, but can you explain what you mean by “wired connection?” I figure you mean like hard wired like a computer connected to a printer but this is a drone…so I figured it was all wifi. orrrrrr I can just use Google

      • Kevin April 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

        You are correct. I do mean hard wire. On the PS3 advanced, my son plugs in his iPad and get has actual video of the flight and you could fly that way (but you should fly visual). The Pro one I have uses a wifi connection between my iPhone and drone and controller. It sucks because the video lags when you are flying. And sometimes it cuts out so I have to keep it in my sight. Very stressful.

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