Censor.NET reports citing the open source investigation carried out by the InformNapalm team.
Thanks to their foreign friends, the investigators were able to identify the exact locations filmed by the 'Eleron-3SV' drone as well as its launch sites in the Donetsk outskirts.
'Eleron-3SV' drone is a special close range recon equipment. The drone is designed to carry detachable module pay load:
- 10x zoom television camera on the three-dimensional gyroscope-stabilized mount;
- thermal image camera 640×520 (PAL) on the three-dimensional gyroscope-stabilized mount;
- photo camera.
The aircraft is hermetically sealed. The navigation and piloting systems are made of the newest hardware components that dramatically extend drone's capabilities. The software is re-worked. The load-carrying and climbing abilities of the drone are increased. It is acoustically invisible.
According to the manufacturer web site (in Russian) the working range is up to 25 km (15 miles).
Testing of this Russian remote observation complex 'Eleron-3SV' was finished in 2012, and the Russian Ministry of Defense put it in service in 2013. It was also officially stated that the Russian Defense Ministry would purchase 34 close-range recon drones within 17 'Eleron-3SV' complexes from 'Eniks' company. The budget of the agreement (in Russian) was about 100 millions rubles, and the shipment started in first quarter of 2014.
The key images in the video:
- a roof of a high building at chimneystack level;
- the gob pile and the cage shaft
-'Eleron-3SV' drone launching site and the image with the Russian mercenary with non-conical gob pile in the background.
The roof of the high building and the chimneystack are located at the Olenivskyi Cereal Products Plant (the village of Olenivka, Volnovakha ditrict). The exact coordinates.
You can compare this place with the photos from panoramio.
The "the gob pile and the cage shaft" image depicts the gob pile of 'Trudovskaya' mine No. 5-bis, located in Donetsk. The exact coordinates.
'Eleron-3SV' launching site and the image from the video with the Russian mercenary and non-conical gob pile in the background was not identified since it can be different each time. But a good (high) place to pilot the drone is the same in most cases.
Please note that the drone launching moment (same as the gob pile) was filmed from above with zoom. It seems that the video was taken by the camera on the cereal product plant roof.