Wakeskating with a Drone

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Red Bull athlete Brian Grubb performed the first ever winch-to-drone handle pass while wakeskating the winding turns of Slovenia’s beautiful Sava Bohinjka River. He didn’t use a normal store-bought drone either, as this special 53-pound Infineon Technologies drone was powerful enough to allow Grubb to skim along the surface of the alpine river, jumping over half-sunken trees, boulders, and at times gliding over water just a few inches deep. Read more for the B-roll footage from shoot and additional information.

NASA SLS Water Fountain

NASA recently tested their all-new Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression Water Deluge System at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for its new Space Launch System (SLS). This test created a giant 2-million liter (450,000 gallon) water fountain in just over a minute. “When the mobile launcher is sitting on its pad surface mount mechanisms, the rest of the Ignition Over-Pressure/Sound Suppression System is connected to the pad supply headers and the water will flow through supply piping and exit through the nozzles…[as the water subsides], it flows into the flame trench and onto the east pad surface before finding its way to the east and west holding ponds through channels, called water flumes, or off the pad surface through the water drains and trenches,” said Nick Moss, NASA’s pad deputy project manager. Read more for another video on the SLS and additional information.

California Wildfire Calabasas Fire

The terrifying video you see above was captured by a family fleeing the fast-moving wildfire in Paradise, California, which has caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. In just a 6-hour time period, the raging fire had grown to more than 26-square-miles, and fortunately, the driver who recorded the video stated on social media that his family is now safe. Read more for another drive-through video and more information.

1600HP Nissan GT-R

Russia-based Gosha TurboTech specializes in tuning high-end supercars, including this Nissan GT-R, called “Lucifer”. After heavily modifying the engine, they managed to squeeze out 1,600 horsepower, making it nearly three times as powerful as the stock 2017MY GT-R, or approximately 100 horsepower more than the Bugatti Chiron. Continue reading for another video and more information.

NYC Abandoned City Hall Subway Station

City Hall was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), and opened on October 27, 1904. This station is located underneath the public area in front of City Hall and designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. Due to the infrastructural shortfalls, as well as its proximity to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station, passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Ant-Man Wasp VFX

It’s always fun to see just what went into the making of your favorite movies, especially ones that rely heavily on special effects, like Ant-Man and The Wasp. These videos showcase how the filmmakers used CGI to turn that towering building into a rolling suitcase as well as super sizing the Helly Kitty PEZ candy dispenser. Many studios were used, including Rodeo and DNEG. Continue reading to see the DNEG VFX breakdown video.

McLaren P1 LM Pikes Peak

Lanzante, a British automotive company specializing in classic car restoration as well as auto racing, took one of the six P1 LMs to Pikes Peak for a hill climb run. For those who aren’t familiar with this model, the McLaren P1 LM is based on the track-only GTR, and Lanzante received approval from the British automaker to build six P1 LM models as a McLaren F1 LM successor. Continue reading for a video of the McLaren P1 LM’s record-setting lap of the Nurburgring.

Drone Plane Crash

Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.

Atlas Robot Parkour

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot does parkour in the SoftBank-owned company’s latest video. The new control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms and torso, to generate energy and strength for jumping over a log as well as leaping up the 40cm steps without breaking its pace. Computer vision technology locates itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Interstellar Miller Planet Water

For those who have seen Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar film, you probably already know that Miller’s planet is a water-world, and the first planet in the system orbiting Gargantua. It takes its name from Dr. Miller, who landed on the planet and activated the “thumbs up” beacon, and it’s also the first location the crew of the Endurance visit. The time dilation factor is exactly 1 hour on Milller per 7 years of Earth time due to the gravitational forces of Gargantua moving the planet through empty space at roughly 99.99999998% the speed of light. Continue reading to watch the scene in full and for more information.