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What Happens When A Drone Is Struck By Lightning?

Drone vs Lightning is a video uploaded by a YouTuber named Tom Scott, and it is a test of a DJI Phantom 3 versus a simulated lightning strike. Even though most people know that lightning will surely always win, this test still unveiled some surprising results.

At the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, we see what happens when a DJI Phantom 3 drone gets hit with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV – basically, a lightning strike. Actually, two Phantom 3 drones. We had a backup.

The University of Manchester was kind enough to let Tom use the facility for drone testing. The lightning simulator is in the UK’s largest multipurpose high-voltage lab.The effect was immediate. The drone came crashing down with no signs of movement.


The laboratory was once used for aircraft testing, but it is apparently now available for teaching. The video shown is footage of the laboratory’s first drone vs lightning test.