WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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constructed drone for capturing aerial shots of the MIT campus and Cambridge for the documentary Underwater Dreams. Photographer and drone owner Nick Cosky took me out to observe a demo flight in November at Morses Pond in Wellesley on a clear windless day. His quadcopter, which can zip around at up to about 20 MPH, wasn't in the air for more than 10 seconds before a pair of hawks flew uncomfortably close to it, and then a small plane soared overhead. "These things are like magnets with whatever else is in the air," Cosky says. "It's like two Cheerios clinging together in a bowl of milk." Cosky works for Wellesley Media Corp., the community local access station in town, and would love to use his Phantom 1 to film everything from Wellesley's open space to var- ious activities. James Joyce, Wellesley Media's executive director, likes the idea, but he says that the organization's board has too many legal concerns to allow such usage for now. Gloria Cole, Joyce's counterpart in Weston, is similarly intrigued by the possibilities that drone videography could present. "We'd love to have one for getting exciting overhead shots of the many outdoor loca- tions that we cover, for example recent pro- grams on historic cemeteries on Boston Post Road, events on the Weston Town Green, and historic neighborhoods videos. All of these videos would be greatly enhanced by aerial views," she says. "But good quality drones are Here Come the Drones 74 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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