A tangent, but: how long until “turn of the century” is assumed to mean the time around the year 2000?
> only pigeons could have done before.
I find this peculiar. Hydrogen balloons were used for surveillance in the Civil War, 40 years earlier. It would have been easy to attach a camera to a small hydrogen balloon, with a clockwork device to puncture the balloon to bring it down in a reasonable distance.
I think the idea of owning a drone and being able to capture 4K 60FPS video of the earth is cool and all, but I'd much rather strap a pinhole camera onto a Phantom and recreate photographs like these. Hmm, now that I think about it...
Do they have to register with the FAA?