College Student Uses Drone to Show Off Comcast Technology Center

Christopher Kao is using the Philadelphia skyline as his canvass for amazing photos from his trusty drone. The 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania Computer Science Engineering and Marketing major jumps on a bike share at least once a week with his eyes on the sky. His latest project gives a unique view of the Comcast Technology Center in Center City Philadelphia.

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University of Pennsylvania student Christopher Kao has merged his love of photography and technology to give a bird's eye view of some of Philadelphia's iconic structures. His latest project features the under construction Comcast Technology Center.
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The new Comcast skyscraper is located at 19th & Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia. Comcast is the parent company of NBC10
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The 60-story building will feature Comcast work spaces, the Four Seasons hotel and the new studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62. Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.
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To get shots 60 stories up, Kao said he went out early on Mother's Day found a parking lot about three blocks away and launched his remote-controlled aircraft.
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The drone views show the upper part of the building, where the Four Seasons will be located, being constructed.
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The new Comcast building sits next to the Comcast Tower.
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Kao told NBC10 he used his DJI Phanton 4 to capture these views.
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Kao launched PhillyByDrone.com a few weeks back as "kind of a part time job," he said.
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Kao wakes up at 5 a.m., grabs an Indegogo bike share, pops his drone into the basket in front and heads to a parking lot or open area where he can launch his drone. While up over the Comcast Technology Center he captured this wide view.
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A Huntington Beach, California native, Kao grew up wanting to get into the film industry. He wound up diving deep into photography blogs during long (sometimes up to 3 hours) bus rides to and from his magnet high school.
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"I always loved technology," Kao said.
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When a friend at Penn was selling his old drone, Chris "bought it in an instant" in December 2015.
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"I bought it because I wanted to do photography, it wasn't so much a love of flying, even though now I really love flying," Kao said.
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With his website, Kao's ultimate goal is to use his photography so he can buy a new DJI Inspire 1 drone. "I'm a poor college student I need to find a way to get $3,000," Kao said.
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Kao credits his drone-flying skills (he says he's FAA certified to fly a commercial drone) with a mentor in his California home town.
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"He called himself 'Drone Eddie,'" Kao said.
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Eddie Paige taught drone flying to Kao during a winter break.
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"Drone Eddie" died less than a year later. Kao said his mentor taught him how to fly drones with the idea of getting the perfect shot. "He taught me a lot... everybody in Huntington Beach loved himl," Kao said.
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"Every time I wake up at 5 a.m. and fly the drone" it reminds Kao of "Drone Eddie."
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Kao's PhillyBrDrone site features other Philly landmarks.
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What part of Philly's changing skyline will be captured next?
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