Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorised to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that — and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later.
The crashed was met with an audible groan from the crowd. This was supposed to be Magpie’s moment in the sun, but the dang thing just crashed straight into the ground in front of the governor, a senator, a congressman, and countless concerned locals. The drone itself was apparently unharmed. But how embarrassing!
In a way, it was just the demonstration the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems needed to justify its existence. This is one of six test sites nationwide AP]