National Geographic : 2011 Dec
I suspect the animals will tolerate the micro-copter as a huge tsetse y. " Nichols (with goggles) is testing the micro-copter cam on wildebeests and elephants and will use it in an 18-month project documenting predators and prey in the African Serengeti. VISIONS | FIELD TEST " SKY TECH | Photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols weighs in on the 2.6-pound micro-copter, a flying machine with a 30-inch wingspan, modified by National Geographic to carry his two-pound camera: We have had two successful sunrise flight sessions, flying 65 feet over gigantic wildebeest migrations. This gives us an image that could be made no other way. Not by helicopter---too noisy, too costly. Not by balloon---too scary and only goes where the wind goes. Traditional airplane---too fast and has to fly too high. And I suspect the animals will tolerate the micro-copter as a huge tsetse fly." O Field Journal Follow more of Nichols's adventures in Africa at ngm.com. "