Yes, cameras-equipped weather balloons regularly capture footage from extremely high altitudes, but one man from Russia decided to do the same, but with a drone. He managed to get a 2.34-pound hobbyist drone all the way up to 33,000-feet, and for 25-minutes to boot. Thankfully, Russia has not regulated a maximum height for drone operators, as the footage you see was shot near the central town of Strezhevoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“But just because the flight may have been legal in Russia doesn’t mean it was safe. The altitude of 33,000 feet is smack dab in the middle of the cruising altitude range of modern airliners (~30,000 to 40,000 feet). And although it’s highly unlikely that a drone would collide with an airplane in the vastness of airspace, any collision could be tragic,” reports Peta Pixel.