ESPN Deploying UAS During Winter X Games in Aspen

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2015 No Comments

ESPN will be flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) this week in Aspen, Colo., to capture aerial footage of athletes in the Winter X Games.

According to an Associated Press report, the network got the OK from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use the aircraft, as long as they are flown a safe distance from crowds and from the nearby airport.

ESPN is enlisting the help of a separate company to fly the UAS, which will film competitors in events such as snowboarding and snowmobiling. Chris Calcinari, who was responsible for getting the FAA approval to fly, told the AP what a “big opportunity” it is. He believes the aerial view “brings viewers closer to the event.”

A UAS also helped film snowboard and ski jump competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Read the full AP coverage here.

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