GoPro has announced that it’s exiting the drone business, citing the challenges of turning a profit in an “extremely competitive” market. The company revealed the news during its earnings report today, saying that its Karma drone would be the last it would make. The company is also laying off hundreds of staff and reducing the pay of CEO Nicholas Woodman to $1 as it struggles to manage its rocky financials.
Melbourne-based photographer Simon Pollock was landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday when he looked out his window and spotted a DJI camera drone flying just a small distance away.
“Drones. All fun and games until you’re looking out your window on approach to LAX and you spot a Phantom just out your window (yeah a few hundred feet, but imagine if it… well…),” writes Pollock in a Facebook post. “Some people are utterly stupid.”
Thursday, drones were launched for the first time “in an operational environment,” heading to an aerial location over the Skirball Fire.
The Skirball Fire has burned 422 acres and is 85 percent contained, according to an update Monday by the LAFD. Six structures were destroyed and 12 structures were damaged in the blaze, the update said.
The drones, which the post said flew for about 30 minutes, were not used to put out flames but rather helped firefighters get a better idea of the condition of the area.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas reported that two flights took off that day.
The drone crash occurred in the northern part of Webb County, Texas, on Tuesday between Laredo and San Antonio. Officials stated the crash happened near the checkpoint operated by Border Patrol agents used to interdict drug and human smuggling operation.
U.S. Border Patrol officials stated that a CBS 60 Minutes film crew was working near the checkpoint in coordination with a Border Patrol agent assigned by the Laredo Sector communications office. During the filming, the pilot accidentally struck the power line causing the loss of power.
The drone pilot was properly licensed and accidentally contacted the wires with the drone. The power outage lasted about two hours.