Drone flyover shows Apple’s futuristic ‘spaceship’ campus taking shape

With camera-equipped drones growing in popularity, it was just a matter of time before somebody sent one over the site where Apple’s building its so-called ‘spaceship’ campus.

Footage posted recently by YouTube user ‘jmcminn‘ reveals that Apple’s next HQ is really coming along, with the distinctive circular foundations and initial structures clear for all to see.

The eight-minute video, which was shot with a GoPro Hero3+ Black edition mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, together with Carl Zeiss Cinemizer video goggles so the operator could see where to go, gives a clear impression of the gargantuan scale of Apple’s new campus, which is set to open its doors in 2016.

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The site, which spreads across 176 acres, will incorporate office space across four floors, a research and development facility, fitness centers, dining facilities, a 1,000-seat underground auditorium, and jogging paths snaking through the grounds, with shade offered by around 7,000 trees. It’ll also feature a solar-paneled roof.

The futuristic-looking campus, which is set to become the main workspace for around 14,000 Apple employees, is the work of renowned UK architect Norman Foster, though the project was the long-time ambition of Steve Jobs, who championed the plan up until his death in 2011.

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