Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.
As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.
The moment you realize that one of the most traditional institutions in the world, the Catholic Church, is using drones and Youtube to promote its work, is the moment when you realize that today we all are living in a friggin’ future. Yes, I’m talking about the same Catholic Church that acknowledged that Earth is circling around the Sun (not other way around) some 20 years ago. Moreover, it is the Archdioceses of Washington D.C, located, well, in Washington D.C, US of A.
As a part of the ritual marking the canonization of Pope John Paul II (now called St. John Paul II), the Archdioceses mixed drone-captured aerial videos with some dramatic classical music and scenes from earlier indoor Mass, as seen in the video below. (fun starts at 00:30, skip the rest)
Priced at under $1,000, the saucer-shaped, camera-laden drone will enable the Archdiocese to film events from a new perspective. It is not clear if the drone has a cross-like cross-section of a quadcopter or if it is maybe a hexacopter, but it surely brought much needed attention to Archdiocese Youtube channel. Namely, that video alone has more views that ten other most viewed vids together.
However, that is not the most interesting aspect of the story. Washington D.C. area is a declared no fly zone for drones, and according to the FAA, no one is allowed to fly within Washington DC’s Flight Restricted Zone. Obviously the flight of the blessed drone over the part of the city, was in the hands of the higher authority, so FAA just decided to turn a blind eye. No one will be fined, and the FAA will continue to randomly penalize other UAV users. Which is actually bringing dronologista to a conclusion that, if you are a religious group and you are using drones, you will not be bothered by authorities.
If that is the case maybe it is a time to start a drone religion.
Interesting article about the case you can find at Motherboard.