Video shot by a drone gives a bird's-eye view of the progress of construction on Apple’s new Campus 2 in Cupertino, California. The futuristic-looking campus, which some say resembles a "spaceship," is being built on a 175-acre site about one mile east of the company’s current headquarters. YouTube user jmcminn uploaded the eight-minute video last week and said it was shot with a GoPro-equipped DJI Phantom 2 drone. The video description says the remotely controlled quadcopter remained under 400 feet, per FAA regulations, and did not enter any airport no-fly zones.
The Campus 2 construction site is fenced off, so it’s difficult for the public to get ground-level views of what’s going on. Photos of an aerial view of the site were posted in July, but this is apparently the first time such a view has been provided by video. Although the site is private property, airspace above 83 feet is not, according to a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The FAA allows for hobbyists to fly drones no higher than 400 feet. Apple has said construction is expected to be completed in 2016. Campus 2 will be home to more than 12,000 employees.
— James Eng
First published September 1 2014, 10:58 AM