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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… What is it?

UFO 009SHPB UFO is a DJI Phantom 2 droneA spider-looking UFO with four propellers plus green and red lights hovered above the UAB Learning Resource Center this morning capturing the imagination (and paranoia) of many in the surrounding area.

The UFO turns out to be a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Qaudcopter, in other words, it is a drone which captures still photos and HD video. Did we mention some people were a little paranoid?

The drone was actually being used on behalf of G & S Glass & Supplies, out of Pelham, and B.L. Harbert International who constructed the School of Health Professions Building (SHPB). The companies needed to take a closer look at some hard to reach places on the 6th floor and roof of SHPB.

UFO 008Lane Arete, analyzing, Darrell Walker pilotingLane Arete and Darrell Walker (seen in the lower right hand corner) were the pilots of the drone. Arete told us the drone is much easier, and safer, than doing a chair drop. A chair drop is exactly as it sounds – they put someone in a chair and drop them over the side of the building to inspect the exterior.

Arete added that he hopes the drone took some great pictures because otherwise, he will be the chair drop guy.

If that happens, we will be sure to take more pictures. Stay tuned.

And if you want to see all the pictures taken from inside SHPB please visit our Flickr page.