Yesterday saw the closest approach of the asteroid 16 Psyche to the planet Earth, with the space rock appearing a distance of 1.6 astronomical units (1.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun) from our home world. The … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 06.12.2020: This weekend’s happenings in space, and more
Drones…..it seems these days that these tiny helicopter-like gadgets armed with cameras and fun are becoming as prolific in Britain’s skies as the birds are. Since they burst onto the scene a few years back, drones have taken on a multiplicity of roles. They have been used by the U.S. military to recce terrorist camps and one armed with missiles have obliterated a few of them, reducing the need for boots on the ground. One was used by a filmmaker to fly above the abandoned city of Pripyat in Ukraine, made radioactive by the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster in the Eighties. The price … Continue reading DRONES: Have you insured yours?
In the first of its kind, a filmmaker from Devon in England used a drone to capture the remains of a city near Chernobyl, Ukraine which was left abandoned and radioactive after a nearby nuclear power plant exploded in 1986. Danny Cooke sent a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter equipped with a Canon 7D camera to capture still images of the city of Pripyat, which once had a population of 50,000, which fled the town after the disaster, which left radioactive fallout over much of Ukraine and Belarus. The quadcopter drone also had a GoPro camera fitted to capture moving images of the eerie and overgrown streets of the once bustling industrial town. A Geiger counter to measure the radiation levels of the area where … Continue reading CHERNOBYL: Drone captures footage of city devastated by nuclear incident