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Latvian sky diver performs 'world's first drone jump' from 1,082 feet

By Ben Hooper

May 15 (UPI) -- A drone manufacturer showed off the strength of their device by hoisting a sky diver 1,082 feet into the air for the "world's first drone jump."

A video posted to YouTube by drone company Aerones shows sky diver Ingus Augstkalns being carried to an altitude of 1,082 feet by a 28-propeller drone Friday over the rural Mali area in Amata, Latvia.

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The video shows Augstkalns drop from the drone after reaching his desired height and parachute safely to the ground.

The company said the "world's first drone jump" was designed to show off the capabilities of drones for a number of uses, including civil defense and sports.

"It is obvious that we will experience an increasingly important use of drones in our everyday life," Augstkalns said after the jump. "Definitely also my friends -- skydivers all over the world -- will be excited about these new opportunities. We live in an exciting time."

Janis Putrams, chief engineer for Aerones, said the stunt shows how the devices can be put to work fighting fires and in other lifesaving situations.

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