Watch a drone crash into Apple’s new spaceship campus in Cupertino

Apple Park drone crash video

We’ve been watching footage of the brand new Apple Park in Cupertino, California filmed by drones for months, but over this past weekend, the inevitable finally occurred. A drone crashed into the complex. Matthew Roberts, who has been filming the progress of the Apple Park for years, was contacted by someone who lost control of their drone as it was hovering over the Apple Park this weekend in an attempt to find out where it had crashed.

After some time searching with his own DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Roberts eventually found the drone wedged between two solar panels on the roof of the facility. The original pilot got in touch with Apple to tell the company what happened, but there’s no word yet on whether or not he will get his drone back.

The good news is that, regardless of the drone’s future, the footage of the crash landing will live on. Roberts uploaded the footage on his channel, along with the video of him finding the crashed drone on the roof:

The pilot explained to Roberts that there were no signs of premature failure. The drone just suddenly plummeted to the ground, with the roof of the Apple Park breaking its fall. This is the first incident of its kind (or at least the first one we’ve heard of), so it might prompt Apple to crack down on allowing enthusiasts to fly over its campus in the future. While there doesn’t appear to have been any damage, the drone could have just as easily hit an employee.

That might hurt even more than walking face-first into a glass door.

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Apple employees keep running into walls at its new spaceship campus


An architectural marvel, perhaps no building sums up the company it contains better than Apple’s “spaceship” campus. The impressive structure houses some 13,000 employees, each contained within barely there walls overflowing with giant panes of glass — some standing as high as 45- feet. The inner offices are more of the same, steel and glass, an homage to the industrial design aesthetic that Apple has cultivated throughout its product line over the last decade. Though aesthetically pleasing, the glass has proven to be a hindrance to employees. According to persons familiar with the matter, Apple employees can’t seem to stop…

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Apple gains permits to move employees into five sections of Apple Park’s ‘Spaceship’

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Parts of Apple’s ‘spaceship’ building at the Apple Park campus are now usable by employees, after the iPhone producer received temporary occupancy permits from the City of Cupertino, and it is expected permits to use the rest of the massive structure will be granted later this quarter.
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Apple finally gets Cupertino’s permission to occupy parts of Apple Park spaceship building


About one year after construction on the first phase of Apple Park was originally scheduled to be finished, the city of Cupertino has finally granted Apple a series of temporary occupancy permits that allow employees to move into parts of the main building.

According to a spreadsheet compiled by Albert Salvador, a Cupertino building official, Apple received temporary occupancy permits on December 30 for five of the 12 sections of the massive circular structure. The company had actually received a previous temporary occupancy permit back in July for one section of the headquarters that contains the restaurant and atrium.

It appears Apple is on track to receive temporary occupancy permits for all the other sections between the end of January and March at the latest, according to the spreadsheet dated January 17.

The permits have allowed larger numbers of Apple employees to begin the move-in process this month. There have been scattered references to the move across social media, though Apple has reportedly kept a pretty tight lid on social media sharing.

Last February, when Apple announced that the name of the new campus would be Apple Park, the company also said the new headquarters would be “open to employees” in April 2017. That proved to be overly optimistic.

By May, the company had only received an occupancy permit for the central utility plant. In August, Apple was awarded permits for the Story Office Building. On Sept. 1, the visitors center was approved, along with a temporary occupancy permit for the Steve Jobs Theater, just in time for the company’s iPhone event to be held there in September.

At that event, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged the delay and said: “We’ll start moving into Apple Park later this year. Of course, such a large move, it’s really more of a process, and the first step is the opening today of the Steve Jobs Theater.” In November, the company received a temporary permit for its R&D North building, though it’s still awaiting one for R&D South.

It’s no surprise, of course, that such a massive and complicated projected would face some delays. It would be rare in the construction world for any large-scale project to land on time. Apple’s exacting demands on the design no doubt added to the challenges here.

Still, it also means that Apple is largely at the front-end of the massive logistics challenge of relocating 12,000 employees in the Bay Area. That’s naturally bound to cause some disruption, and the question is to what degree that can be minimized. Disruptions may also include ongoing work in the building.

In an email, Salvador explained that temporary occupancy permits have a “list of exclusions” that still place some limits on how the space can be used.

“For example, if a building (or portion of a building) is complete but the site work is still under construction, I would be able to grant a temporary occupancy as long as there is a delineated path to allow the occupants of the building safe passage to a public right-of-way,” he wrote. “I would not issue a final certificate of occupancy until all the work is complete on the entire site. Appropriate barriers are required to keep occupants away from any portions of the building or site where construction is still in process.”

Yet it’s clear the settling-in process is well underway. The company plans to hold its annual shareholders meeting at Apple Park next month.

Meanwhile, the company said earlier this month that it’s still hiring like crazy and announced plans for a new Apple campus somewhere in the U.S. later this year.

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Check out the “Apple Gray” bikes at the new spaceship campus

Getting around the 175 acres of Apple Park has been made a little bit easier for employees thanks to a fleet of new bicycles on the new Apple campus. And in true Apple fashion, the design of the bikes is very minimalist. Video of the all-chrome bicycles surfaced online this week after someone visited Apple’s […]

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Here’s how much Apple paid for a spaceship, a glass lobby, and a barn


Apple’s gorgeous new campus in Cupertino is a techier version of the Wizarding World from Universal Studios — a magical-looking place that’s construction was keenly followed by its legions of devoted fans before it opened earlier this year. And now we know we have an idea how much it cost to make that magic happen. Researchers at BuildZoom painstakingly collated the information from their Open Building Permit Repository, a collection of documents from government sources. The company uses such information to find contractors best suited to a client’s purpose. The permits it collected on Apple break down the necessary costs…

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Permit breakdown pegs Apple Park ‘spaceship’ at over $427.5M, Steve Jobs Theater over $179.4M

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It cost upwards of $ 427.5 million to build Apple Park’s main ring alone, according to a report this week which examined building permits for each of the 15 major structures at Apple’s new headquarters.
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SpaceX’s Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket simulation is out of this world


Elon Musk today gave us our first glimpse at what interplanetary travel and colonization could look like. In an Instagram post, Musk provided a series of five videos offering a look at a computer simulation of the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket, and how it could, conceivably, one day shuttle humans between Earth and Mars. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Sep 25, 2017 at 2:41am PDT Use the right arrow button to see additional videos in the series The series of five short videos opens with a view of the new rocket design, a people carrier meant…

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Apple changed the Maps icon to show its new spaceship campus

Apple has been making all sorts of tiny changes to its app icons in the iOS 11 beta. And today, it made two of the most interesting changes yet: one to Maps, and one to the App Store.

The Maps change is a bit more fun (you can see the difference above via iCulture). The icon has, since the iPhone’s inception, shown 1 Infinite Loop — the location of Apple’s longtime headquarters. But with the company’s enormous spaceship campus, known as the Apple Park, now opening up, iOS designers seem to have felt it was time to make a change. So instead, the Maps icon now shows a sliver of the spaceship.

Or maybe it’s just this nearby offramp. It’s kind of hard to tell.

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Apple’s building an old wooden barn at its ‘Spaceship’ campus — here’s why


Adorned with wood, glass, and polished metal, Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus has an aesthetic straight out of a Jony Ive sketch. It’s high-tech and futuristic, and set to span 2.8-million square feet and house 13,000 employees — and perhaps some farm animals. In a recent drone fly-over video by Maverick Media, there’s clearly a team assembling a barn on the far corner of Apple’s campus. But what is an old wooden barn doing on Apple’s decidedly futuristic campus? According to a 2014 story from San Jose Mercury News, the barn was originally built in 1916 when most of the surrounding…

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