Richard Branson invests in 3DR, drones invade Necker Island

Finally, I can talk about what I did this summer! Richard Branson, one of my heroes both as an entrepreneur and aviation pioneer, is a 3D Robotics investor. Not only is it thrilling to be part of his network, but we also got to bring a fleet of drones to his famed Caribbean island, Necker, to tell the story of his life there from an aerial view. This is just a teaser below, but you'll see much more soon: 

From Branson's own post on this:

We welcomed six drones to Necker and they’ve captured stunning footage of this beautiful island we call home.

Every morning before breakfast I go for a walk around Necker. I’m incredibly lucky to have had Necker in my life for nearly 40 years, and I feel I know it like the back of my hand. So it’s amazing to get views of this island that I’ve never seen before thanks to a few drones and the great team at 3D Robotics, a company I recently invested in. They even shot me playing tennis and kitesurfing to Moskito Island!

It’s amazing to see what a little flying object with a GoPro attached can do; before they came along the alternative was an expensive helicopter and crew. I’m really excited about the potential for drones, and I hope this affordable technology will give many more people the chance to see our beautiful planet from such a powerful perspective.

But it’s not just about beauty shots. When you say the word ‘drone’, most people will think about military drones, which are used for surveillance and warfare. But this increasingly affordable, easy to use technology is starting to be used around the world in many positive ways. Like to monitor endangered species, deliver healthcare to remote areas, and help manage natural disasters.

One of the drones exploring the Great House. Image from 3D Robotics

We’ll be sharing lots of stories about people and organisations involved in drones over on Virgin Unite from next week in our ‘Drones for good’ series. 

Meanwhile, where did my sunglasses go?

This film was shot on 3D Robotics IRIS and X8. Learn more at 3drobotics.com and via Twitter.

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Comment by Jesse on September 5, 2014 at 9:06pm

What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing. Mr. Branson could have sought out any drone company in the world, and he chose 3DR. That certainly says something.

Comment by Khanh Tran on September 5, 2014 at 9:13pm
Very cool.
Comment by RCvertt on September 5, 2014 at 9:43pm

Amazing news! Congrats. Looking to invest as well when I upgrade my flight controller.

Comment by WuStangDan on September 5, 2014 at 10:30pm

That's great news Chris. I'm excited for what this will mean for 3DR and the drone community as a whole.

Comment by henry silverio on September 6, 2014 at 12:36am

I switched from DJI to 3DR and was excited to see Colin Guinn and others from DJI move to 3DR, too.  I have an X8 and your support team has been the best out there, bar none.  No other drone company comes close.  Can I invest in 3DR, too, but on a bit smaller scale than Mr. Branson? :-)


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Comment by Hugues on September 6, 2014 at 12:52am

A dream come true!

Comment by FlightBots.com on September 6, 2014 at 1:57am

This is great news and overall a positive step forward for the industry having Branson onboard!

Comment by cedivad on September 6, 2014 at 1:58am

Looking to invest as well when I upgrade my flight controller.
Too bad we don't get shares when we buy super-expensive electronics.

Comment by Mike T on September 6, 2014 at 3:06am

amazing.

Comment by Jerry Hatrick on September 6, 2014 at 4:14am

I too would like to invest, any chance of a public float?

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