Christopher Schmidt has been taking his quadcopter drone out for a spin a couple of times a week since he purchased it six months ago, producing lots of interesting footage for his YouTube page.
This weekend, those efforts were temporarily halted by some competing air traffic. The aircraft collided with a hawk in midair above Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Mass.
Schmidt is a software developer from Cambridge who says the quadcopter is a great way to spend time outdoors with his daughter. He says both the copter and hawk came away with little damage.
“Equipment is fine. The reason it dropped was entirely because my first reaction was to reduce throttle to reduce any risk to the hawk. It fell straight down,” Schmidt said in an e-mail. “The hawk seemed completely non-plussed; he flew off without any signs of damage.”