Watch a Drone Fly Around — and Crash — During a Congressional Hearing

The perks of being in Congress include live drone demos.

An operator lands a commercial drone on July 4, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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Dustin Volz
Jan. 21, 2015, 12:33 p.m.

Con­gres­sion­al hear­ings tend to be staid af­fairs, but on Wed­nes­day some law­makers got to watch a drone take flight — and then crash in­to the floor.

The House Sci­ence, Space, and Tech­no­logy Com­mit­tee’s hear­ing on the in­teg­ra­tion of com­mer­cial drones took an un­usu­al turn when Colin Guinn, seni­or vice pres­id­ent of sales for 3D Ro­bot­ics, de­cided to show off his Par­rot Be­bop drone dur­ing his testi­mony.

As the device flies around the room, law­makers find it dif­fi­cult to con­tain the awe on their faces. Thank­fully, the ma­gic was caught on C-SPAN (a second video fol­lows after the jump):

“I was hop­ing you would fly over the whole room, not just one loc­a­tion,” Chair­man Lamar Smith said after the device landed.

“You said no hair­cuts!” Guinn quipped.

At an­oth­er demon­stra­tion at the hear­ing, the drone had a faulty takeoff and crashed, but it was un­injured. Watch be­low:

“I was hop­ing you would fly over the whole room, not just one loc­a­tion,” Chair­man Lamar Smith said after the device landed.

“You said no hair­cuts!” Guinn quipped.

At an­oth­er demon­stra­tion at the hear­ing, the drone had a faulty takeoff and crashed, but it was un­injured. Watch be­low:

Con­gress has tasked the Fed­er­al Avi­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion with ready­ing air­space for the in­teg­ra­tion of com­mer­cial drones. Drones are cur­rently pro­hib­ited for use, but the FAA has gran­ted a grow­ing num­ber of ex­emp­tions for cer­tain in­dus­tries. Earli­er this month, reg­u­lat­ors gave CNN the go-ahead to test drone sys­tems for news-gath­er­ing pur­poses.

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