Sailor Pilots Drone Through a Submarine's Narrow Corners with Ease

Submarines are not exactly drone-friendly places, so this is not something you'd see often.

Submarines, when you think about the fact that how crampy they can be, are not very drone-friendly places which is probably the reason why a quick Google search won't enable you to have a drone tour inside of one. With their close quarters, they aren't the most ideal place to fly a drone; however, sometimes the right person at the right time might able to navigate through the closely packed passageways just fine. 

In this video from the Royal Netherlands' Navy, a talented drone pilot controls a small drone inside a submarine, providing a look into one like you've never seen before. The video, which took place in October 2020, was shot for the country's 2020 Onderzeedienst (Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Service) Live event, with recruiting campaign purposes to get more people to sign up for the Navy. 

You can watch the pilot, wearing a face mask in true 2020 fashion, navigate the drone through every nook of the submarine, and if this video gets you questioning how nuclear submarines remain submerged for months, you can move along to this video to answer your questions.

Correction: This article has been updated. The text previously overemphasized the pilot’s abilities as a sailor. This has been updated to accurately reflect the pilot’s skillset. 

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