The debate about where aerial drones should be allowed is wide-ranging, but on Wednesday it included an unexpected site: a small, remote-control aircraft flew around a congressional hearing.
The entire hearing was posted on the C-SPAN Web site, showing witnesses with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA, among others, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. But as The Verge notes, it was a presentation of a working Parrot Bebop drone by 3D Robotics that stole the show.
The drone hovered through the hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building. But it also had a mishap: During one takeoff, it was brought about five feet off the floor, only to crash back on the carpet.
“Whoops,” said a company representative, as those watching laughed.
The craft wasn’t broken, and continued on with the demonstration. Colin Guinn with 3D Robotics said the drone used Thursday costs about $500.