Es­sen­tial equip­ment

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The gear we packed into our pay­load Gopro hero5 black

GoPro’s lat­est ac­tion cam­era of­fers a full-colour LCD touch screen, voice ac­ti­va­tion, Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth, plus video sta­bil­i­sa­tion, all in a sealed unit, wa­ter­proof to 33 feet (10m). It shoots 4K video at 30fps, cap­tures 1080p slomo at 120fps, and it takes 12MP stills.

Kaiser Baas X4

The new Kaiser Baas cam­era of­fers 4K 30fps video, 1080p 120fps slo-mo and 12MP stills. It also fea­tures elec­tronic video sta­bil­i­sa­tion, plus Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity for re­mote con­trol. The unit comes with a sep­a­rate case that’s wa­ter­proof to 131 feet (40m).

SpyTec STI GL 300

This real-time GPS tracker is a quad­band GSM de­vice with a two-week bat­tery life that pro­vides a track of its own lo­ca­tion ac­cu­rate to 15 feet (4.6m). It op­er­ates via the SpyTec GPS Track­ing web­site, and you’ll need to sign up to a track­ing plan for $24.95 (around £19) per month.

ext er­nal Batt ery Packs

To keep our cam­eras shoot­ing for the du­ra­tion of the flight, we used two ex­ter­nal bat­tery packs: a Ko­dak Por­ta­ble Charger Power Bank (£12.99 from Maplin) and a GP FN02M Pow­erBank (£4.50 from Maplin). Both units are rated at 2600mAh ca­pac­ity, and add lit­tle weight to the pay­load.

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