Fan Captures Aerial View Of Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Using GoPro
Apple will be shifting its headquarters to a new massive campus which is currently being built near 280 highway in Cupertino, Calif. — not too far from the company’s current location.
Apple’s plans to build the Campus 2 was originally applied for to the Cupertino City Council by the late co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, who referred it to as “spaceship.” It’s been nearly a year since the council approved the application, and now the authorities have put “Under Construction” signs at number of places near the site, hence making it difficult to see the progress of construction from the ground.
However, an Apple fan knows no bounds. A DJI Phantom 2 drone owner attached GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition and flew it over the walls to get an aerial view of Apple Campus 2. The eight-minute long video that was published by a YouTuber ‘jmcminn’ shows the progress of the construction that has been done so far.
The recorder of the video claims that it was shot while keeping the drone below 400 feet — avoiding aerial trespass. He wrote in the description:
The quad copter remained under 400 feet as per FAA regulation for remote controlled airplanes and helicopters and not within any airport no-fly zones.
The outline of the circular-shaped UFO-type building has been completed along with the basic skeleton of the campus. Much concrete has been poured and future tunnels beneath the facility are also visible.
Norman Foster of Architectural Record, founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, talked about the design of new Apple headquarters.
The architecture firm holds the contract of constructing the Spaceship. The firm told ZDNet that the new headquarters will house almost 12,000 employees and will cover three million square feet of area. The circumference of circular shaped building will be approximately one mile. The campus will also include a huge underground parking as well, keeping most of the vehicles hidden inside the ground.
Apple Campus 2 is expected to have around 7,000 trees making it a man-made forest. Steve Jobs wanted the circular-shaped building and enough trees to give the Apple’s new headquarters a natural feel.
The most interesting thing about the campus is that it will have a huge energy infrastructure that will be capable of powering the whole building. The infrastructure will use solar panels and other renewable energy sources that include natural gas as well.
The $5 billion Apple’s Campus 2 project is expected to be completed by mid-2016.