Setting flight near Tromso, in Norway, Spanish acro pilot Horacio Llorens was challenged by Red Bull to experience the amazing Northern Lights from the sky under his paragliding wing. He accepted this mission and decided to face near-freezing temperatures of -15 degree Celsius. On his back he carried a Thor200 paramotor with some impressive 200cc power “the machine gave me the chance to climb whenever I wanted – or get out of trouble if I needed to”, said the pilot to Red Bull’s Adventure Stories, that can be found online.
Contributing to nature’s impressive lighting design were two W-DMX™ Whitebox F-1 units, requested by Spanish Technical Manager Ramón López, who geared up Llorens with battery powered spotlights that lit up his rig against the night sky. The W-DMX™ boxes were responsible to establish a wireless link between the ground and the airborne gear. “We had the hard task to shoot wireless data in really harsh conditions of 20 degrees below zero. The equipment worked flawlessly!”, said Ramón López.
Helping with sales and support was EES, Wireless Solution’s exclusive distributor in Spain. The team liaised with with Ramón to provide the best technical advice to make this project hassle free and fully successful.
The final result can be watched here. It was shot with an ultra-sensitive camera that captured the drag of the emitted light in real-time.
Video courtesy of Red Bull, Edit by Ric Peterson.
Photo credits © Frode Sandbech/Red Bull Content Pool.