First drone flight over Everest

For the first time, a team of mountaineers filmed the summit of Everest with a small multirotor drone as part of a documentary for  National Geographic.

Here is the tallest multirotor drone in the world! What appears to be a Mavic Pro from the DJI brand has evolved to 28,300 feet, i.e. around 8,625 meters above sea level near the summit of Everest which rises to just over 8,840 meters.

This flight was produced by a team from  National Geographic as part of a documentary film in the footsteps of the tragic British expedition of 1924 during which the mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared. This expedition was the third attempt to reach the summit of Everest. No one knows if the two adventurers reached the top of the mountain. It was not until May 29, 1953, that mountaineers John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, and Sherpa Tensing Norgay officially managed to validate this feat.

A drone on the “Roof of the world”

Led by climber Mark Synnott and mountaineer Renan Ozturk, the team followed in the footsteps of the infamous 1924 expedition. In 1999, the body of George Mallory was found at a height of 8,155 meters, and with In this documentary, the team sought to locate the remains of his unfortunate companion Irvine. The video released by the adventurers shows how the drone is used to observe the terrain and assess its dangerousness before risking the ascent.

The original images show the majestic and disturbing landscape of the mountain, as well as panoramas of the summit. No doubt due to the cold, the drone was piloted from the remote control video return screen inside the mountaineers’ tent. The team did not specify the duration of the flight, but it is likely that due to the cold and wind , the battery could not animate the rotors for a long time at full speed. It is not the first time that a drone has flown over Everest. In 2017, a Russian team had already achieved this feat with a large wing-flying drone.

To find out more about the team’s discoveries, the documentary film called  Lost on Everest is presented today on  National Geographic.