The failure of a new drone to launch correctly has made world headlines, with several British newspapers running pieces on the launch that went wrong. Footage of the failed event has also gone viral, with a field day being had on Youtube by online commentators.
Portugal’s Defence Minister Aguiar-Branco last week visited a Navy Base in Alfeite, where he was invited to witness the testing of a new drone that was made in Portugal and which is hoped to soon carry out coastal surveillance.
But the event took a nosedive immediately after the drone was launched as it crashed straight into the sea.
Speaking to state-run channel RTP, a Navy source explained the drone fell into the sea because it was “launched wrong”.
The video, which has been viewed close to 300,000 times, shows a masked sailor getting off to a running start as he tries to throw the drone into the air.
Instead, the aircraft plunges straight into the water to the despair of the Defence Minister and quiet chuckles from the media invited to witness the launch.
In related news, port management company Docapesca has announced that renovation work on Setúbal’s fishing docks is expected to take four months to complete and will cost in the region of €405,000.
In a statement, the company said it has signed contracts for the work to begin, which includes overhauling tar and concrete surfaces, new walls and circuits and replacing gates to comply with food safety standards. Work will also cover the exterior painting of the dock.