While doing the morning walk around campus this morning, Sharalyn and I noticed something buzzing in the sky. What in the world is that? We debated the possibility that it might be a small drone being used by a police department to track someone. Imaginations gone wild.
Then as we walked down the steps to Luther Tower we saw a man who is here for the annual theological symposium working with this...thing. He had on a pair of unusual goggles and was looking to the side and down, not up at the machine or the small laptop he had in front of him. So we just had to stop and ask what this was.
Turns out it is a very sophisticated flying quad. Quad meaning there were propellers on four sides. It was filled with tech pieces including two cameras, one on the nose and one for high def on top. He was filming the campus from above and had been doing it for the past two days.
He said it took him two years to build and the parts came from all over the world. He uses it back home in Nebraska in conjunction with the local sheriff's office as a means of finding marijuana in the middle of corn fields or meth labs hidden in rural areas. He also works with realtors in making videos of farms for sale.
So we weren't totally wrong in calling it a drone. But it was the coolest thing we've seen in a long time.