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Amazon patents a Ski Lift Drone

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Just saw this on the news taken from the Telegraph, seriously?

It will replace the ski lift by dragging skiers up a mountain using a tow handle.

The system works by attaching a retractable rope to a drone, along with a tow handle on the end of the rope.

When someone wants to travel up a slope, they summon a drone using their smartphone which sends their location to the drone.

The drone flies to their location and lowers the rope, so that the skier can hold on to the handle while the drone flies slowly up to the top of the slope.

Once the skier arrives at the top of the ski slope, the rope retracts and the drone flies away to be used another time.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person

http://youtube.com/v/At3xcj-pTjg
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Given the size of a UAV for a 90kg load (about half a Cessna) I can't see this being practical unless you own your own ski resort and you cant be bothered to skin up. I would have thought hiring a chopper for the day would be much more reliable and you could take your mates as well!
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@chocksaway, what is a drone but an unmanned helicopter?
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Alternatively position the motor in a fixed position and drive an endless rope to which you attach lots of tow handles.... rolling eyes
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Not even April 1st....
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Also discussed in Episode 58 of The Ski Podcast - verdict, unlikely, good for PR though
https://audioboom.com/posts/7676551-58-norway-swiss-memories-the-end-of-apres-ski
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