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Chichester Cathedral uses drone flight to survey the Cathedral spire

Chichester Cathedral uses drone flight to survey the Cathedral spire

Chichester Cathedral uses drone flight to survey the Cathedral spire – and is now able to share an exceptional aerial view

For the first time in its history Chichester Cathedral has used an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, more commonly known as a drone, to carry out a survey on the spire of the Cathedral. In October 2014 the spire suffered a direct lightning strike making it necessary to carry out a close inspection of the stonework to check for damage. Employing the services of a drone helped to save money for the Cathedral and provided some extraordinary aerial footage. As well as flying around the Cathedral spire - giving breathtaking shots of the city landscape - the drone flew through the Cloisters and inside the Cathedral nave. This unusual project gives viewers a fantastic opportunity to experience the Cathedral, and the surrounding area, from a very unique perspective. You can see the video on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbrM_pH00OU and also on the homepage of the Cathedral’s website: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

The drone was remote controlled from the ground by qualified operators www.sussexbyair.com and was equipped with a powerful camera which delivers high resolution photographs or video that can be studied as the flight is taking place, or later in detail. Sussex by Air are approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and had special permission from the Cathedral to undertake this project.