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Alton Towers celebrates National Rollercoaster Day will Nemesis drone race

Video footage of a first-person view racing drone flying alongside Nemesis as it completes four inversions, spins, twists and turns has been released by Alton Towers Resort.

The park teamed up with UK-based Altitude Aerial Photography to capture the stunning footage of the coaster as part of the theme park’s National Rollercoaster Day celebrations and silver anniversary of Nemesis.

The nimble 300mm drone, weighing less than one kilogramme and travelling at speeds of up to 125mph, was able to move though 250 tonnes of tangled steel mastering the twists, spins and turns, keeping pace with the Nemesis train as it completes its exhilarating 80 second cycle.

Experienced by millions of thrillseekers each year, Nemesis cost £10 million and was instantly crowned Europe’s first inverted coaster when it opened in 1994.

Today, riders experience five g-force as they race past the rocks and rivers of the Forbidden Valley at speeds of up to 50mph, remaining a firm favourite amongst generations of adrenaline junkies worldwide over two decades since it was launched.

James Walker, marketing director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “We really wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before and we are thrilled with the results the team have achieved.

“It really showcases Nemesis as a masterpiece of engineering in all its glory and gives a new viewing dimension to this classic coaster which we know is going to really excite people.”

The theme park teamed up with Altitude Aerial Photography who carried out the filming.

The specialist drone team made up of drone pilots Chris Bradbury and Milo Mulvagh, as well as drone safety observer Darren Harper, who used their experience of drone racing to help produce the film.