While I don’t doubt that flying a camera-equipped drone in a lightning storm would result in some incredible footage, I also don’t need to tell you how bad of an idea that would be. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at this video from YouTuber Tom Scott.
In collaboration with the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, Scott took a couple of DJI Phantom 3 drones and subjected them to an electrical impulse of 1.4MV – or as Scott says, “basically, a lightning strike.”
Needless to say, the first drone doesn’t survive… but what if you add a lightning rod?
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