BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin shrieked ‘watch out Dan!’ as a flying drone threw the show’s NASA report into chaos. Louise
BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin shrieked ‘watch out Dan!’ as a flying drone threw the show’s NASA report into chaos.
Louise could not contain her concern for co-host Dan Walker as the flying mechanism was let loose in the studio.
As they prepared to talk to two space scientists via video link, the setup was to mark NASA’s recent achievements.
The space agency had for the first time flown a small powered aircraft – just like the one in the studio – on Mars.
But the extra visual element had the presenting pair on the edge of their seats as it began to fly.
“Is it time to release the drone, Louise?” Dan asked excitedly.
“Yeah, we’re ready,” replied his co-presenter.
Louise went on to explain to viewers: “So there is our little drone.
“So NASA has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars, the first ever powered flight on another planet…”
Louise began to trail off as she saw Dan ducking his head out of harm’s way as the drone began to hover.
But at this point, the drone began to fly and hover around the studio, prompting Dan to duck out of the way.
As he moved from side to side, Louise went on: “And here is our very own version of it” before she shrieked: “Watch out, Dan!”
As the pair kept their distance from the drone, it landed safely back on the table.
Regaining his composure, Dan explained: “It’s called Ingenuity, it was in the air for less than a minute and reached the height of about sort of three metres off the floor where it hovered briefly before coming back down.”
“A bit like the one here,” added Louise.
Dan went on: “Almost exactly like you’ve seen there and NASA is promising more adventurous flights in the next few days as well.”
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There was then an awkward silence as Louise, keeping an eye on the drone, appeared to have forgotten her cue.
“Um, yes!” she said while laughing at her slip up.
She joked: “I’m just so fascinated – I want to make it happen again!”
Dan added: “You’re so mesmerised!”
As the drone stayed in place, Louise safely went on to welcome Professor Monica Grady and Professor Andrew Coates to the show to speak about NASA’s recent achievement.