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Updated: Nov 27, 2020

Different View Photography has been highly involved with the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS). The MAS is controlled by artificial intelligence and will travel the route of the Mayflower 400 years ago, only this time there will not be a single person onboard. It's a locally designed vessel made by Promare but uses AI developed by IBM.


In September, we filmed the launch and naming ceremony. Using our highly sophisticated drones, we filmed the arrival of the MAS into Plymouth and the launch. National media was present at the launch, so our skilled pilots made sure the drone took exceptional shots without interfering with the media coverage.


The MAS was at centre stage for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in the Barbican. With international ambassadors and dignitaries present, along with world-wide news coverage, our piloting skills had to be extremely high. We flew off a back of a tug in the Barbican and followed the parade of the MAS. Making sure the composition on the shots were first class, as well as making sure the large drone stayed away from people and risky situations; our filming went as planned. Our aerial video and photography was shown in the national press and broadcasted on BBC and ITV news.


IBM have asked us to do the aerial filming, using our sophisticated drones, of the sea trials that the MAS will undertake in Plymouth Bay. With a budget given by IBM, we are delivering both ground and aerial footage over four days during the winter.


Check out more at https://newsroom.ibm.com/then-and-now


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