Sheep, Snow, Fog, and a Drone Crash

A hard lesson learned.

My drone crashed a few weeks ago on a cold, foggy morning in the snowy wilds of Iceland. At the time I was filming a flock of sheep huddled on a ridge near Möðrudalur in the Northern Highlands desert.

Analysis of the flight data suggests it was an icing event. Freezing fog on the motors/propellers overloaded the motors and the speed controller eventually surrendered. The bird suffered multiple fractures in the landing gear and the body, the gimbal assembly came undone. As a consolation the SD card survived the drop.

Sheep, Snow, Fog in Möðrudalur, Iceland

Huddled in Möðrudalur
DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2

 
Sheep, Snow, Fog in Möðrudalur, Iceland

Warmth in numbers
DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2

 
Sheep, Snow, Fog in Möðrudalur, Iceland

Outliers
Canon 5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Sheep, Snow, Fog in Möðrudalur, Iceland

On the snowy ridge
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 
Vehicle in Möðrudalur, Iceland

Our vehicle seen moments before the crash
DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2

 
Drone crash in Möðrudalur, Iceland

Oops!
Photo by: Börkur Hrólfsson

 
 
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