Hexacopter seen in Sochi slopestyle coverage

Over at RCGroups Sean_M spotted this hexacopter flying at the Winter Olympics.

It would be interesting to know who was flying it and under what arrangement. Can't imagine it's a rogue operation!

(update)

here's a screen shot (literally!) of Sage Kotsenburg's semifinal run showing the unit's shadow.

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Comment by David Anders on February 9, 2014 at 12:50am

Yeah, I saw that too...  It was interesting to see.  It would only cover when the athletes started - whether it couldn't or wasn't allowed to keep up is another thing. The footage was ok, but didn't compare to the wired camera setup that has been around for a while.


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Comment by Mark Harrison on February 9, 2014 at 1:57am

You're right... I caught the shadow above during the beginning of Sage Kotsenburg's semifinal run.


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Comment by David Anders on February 9, 2014 at 2:13am

Maybe they just wanted to be the first olympics using them - and good on them.  They've done a very good job making it quite spectacular so far.  The opening ceremony and the stadium floor was amazing.  If only there were some of those 'long endurance' copters around that we seem to hear about on this site. (:

Comment by Cosha on February 9, 2014 at 2:33am
Woman's Slope style are using them now! I think there is 2 hex's on the size with looks like a tripod ground station with a screen!

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Comment by David Anders on February 9, 2014 at 2:45am

Yup, there it is...

And the commentary down here? 'That's the drone camera if you're wondering, it's not a bug on the slops of Sochi'.  o.O

Comment by Alexey Kolokolnikov on February 9, 2014 at 11:42am
In Russia, shooting with the drones for commercial purposes is prohibited without special licenses. But while some of the sanctions did not apply to anyone. Already many russian companies are engaged in professional video shooting with red epic cams.
Comment by Paul Jenness on February 9, 2014 at 1:17pm

If the drone was in a reasonably fixed area (as opposed to just free roaming) would it be a huge issue to have a long power lead to the ground. That would keep the flight time  much longer yea? I presume the cold conditions would reduce overheating for a little bit.   Would that work? What would be the life expectancy of a motor/esc etc for long flights?

Comment by Nathan DuCray on February 9, 2014 at 2:30pm

Yeah, Kopterworx

Comment by Mike T on February 9, 2014 at 3:28pm

i also saw this. i thought it was bizarre they didnt just hav ea camera on a cable.

Comment by Oliver on February 9, 2014 at 11:09pm

Here's another screenshot of today's women's slopestyle snowboarding semi-final. I too think it's a hex, hard to tell, but there it is, visible a number of times up and down that slope, far, far away from harrumphing letters from the FAA, in a land that has been built in no small part by an astonishing number and variety of rotorcraft, where apparently not a single f**k is given, at least not by this multi's pilot, about lawsuits or bureaucrats or such. Yes! 

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