A GoPro camera drone has been found floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after a propeller was cut off and damaged by a swarm of drones.
The GoPro Phantom 3 Pro was found by the operator of a yacht in the South Pacific last weekend.
“It was very close to the ocean and the wind was coming from the North Pole, so it was about 100 meters offshore,” Paul Stacey told ABC News.
“I saw this propeller and thought, ‘That’s interesting’.”
Stacey said he then got out the camera and tried to find the propeller.
“We were very lucky because the propellers were a bit rusty, so we couldn’t find it,” he said.
“And then I realised, I can’t even use the camera without the propellor coming loose.
So I had to try to use my GoPro.”
A GoPro propellor was found floating along the sea floor.
Paul Stacey uses the GoPro Phantom to take aerial shots of the sea.
Paul says his GoPro Phantom camera drone was found drifting in the ocean after being hit by a large drone.
Paul said the GoPro propellers are not very strong and they break easily.
“The propellers in the propechips have a very strong tendency to come apart when the wind blows, so the propeaker has a tendency to break and the propeils have a tendency in them to come out and hit the sea,” he explained.
“They’ve been in the water, and I think they’re quite common.”
So I had no idea that it was something that could cause it to break.
“The GoPro has been fitted with a special propeller, which allows it to keep flying.”
Once the propele is fixed in place, it’s able to keep going.
It’s a really strong propeller,” Stacey said.
The propeller can also be adjusted to take different types of flying and can also have an autopilot mode that enables it to be operated manually.
Paul, who has a Masters in electronics engineering, said it was a real treat to find something that is as rare as the GoPro.”
You don’t usually find these things, so I’m very happy to be able to give it to the owner,” he added.”
As a hobbyist, I love being able to do this and to help other people.
It was just really cool to be a part of it.
“The propellor is the first GoPro propeiler to be restored since the GoPro 3 series of cameras went on sale in 2011.
It is a very powerful device, capable of moving a GoPro camera along at up to 40kph (25mph).