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ziphius
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8/10/2016
ziphius
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Found a drone several months back, just getting around to posting a video. 1 minute and 5 seconds in length. It's one of those $1,000 + models, white... I thought it was a pile of animal bones from a distance. Landed on a 45 degree slope on the desert side of the Laguna Mountains.
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Florian
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8/10/2016
Florian
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Do you think it was being flown out from the mtns or up from the desert side?
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ziphius
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8/11/2016
ziphius
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Florian wrote:
Do you think it was being flown out from the mtns or up from the desert side?


The original video (which I edited) is quite long and shows the pilot launching it from the mountains. Based on the spot where I found it, he must have lost sight of it on the descent. There were several other videos from other regions, showing 'high-performance' flights in tough terrain.

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8/11/2016
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It should have automatically flown back to the starting point if radio signal was lost. May have done a controlled landing before the batteries died. No ID on the drone? No fun throwing a $1,000 bill away upset Nice view of Storm Canyon.
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ziphius
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8/12/2016
ziphius
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tommy750 wrote:
It should have automatically flown back to the starting point if radio signal was lost. May have done a controlled landing before the batteries died. No ID on the drone? No fun throwing a $1,000 bill away upset Nice view of Storm Canyon.


It is a Phantom quad. I was *almost* able to read the pilot's license plate from one of the videos, haven't tracked him down. The drone had sat for awhile, components chewed on by rodents, etc.

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