A team from National Geographic surveyed Mount Everest with a drone at 28,300 feet putting the unmanned aircraft in uncharted territory.
Surveying Mount Everest with a drone!
National Geographic is working on a documentary titled ‘Lost on Everest‘ which follows the 1924 expedition of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine.
Mallory’s remains have been found in 1999, but Irvine’s body is still missing. It remains a mystery as to whether the team actually reached the summit before their unfortunate deaths. If they did, it would have been long before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953.
Mark Synnott and Renan Ozturk from National Geographic renewed the search for Irvine’s body and brought with them a DJI Mavic 2 to survey the terrain. With the drone, the team was able to capture sweeping landscape views and close-up photos of key areas of Mount Everest, according to CNET.
They flew the drone as high as 28,300 feet or 8,625 meters, just shy of the summit of Mount Everest which is at 29,000 feet or 8,840 meters, flying the Mavic 2 into ‘uncharted territory.’
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Photos courtesy of National Geographic