Drone developer 3D Robotics just found a new investor in Richard Branson – and lucky for them, the business mogul offered up his gorgeous Necker Island as the backdrop for the announcement. 

The company brought six drones with them to the 74-acre paradise in the British Virgin Islands, capturing amazing views that surprised even Branson. 

"It’s amazing to see what a little flying object with a GoPro attached can do; before they came along the alternative was an expensive helicopter and crew," he wrote in a blog post. "I’m really excited about the potential for drones, and I hope this affordable technology will give many more people the chance to see our beautiful planet from such a powerful perspective."

The 64-year-old adds that while drones are often associated with beauty shots, surveillance, and warfare, the technology can also be beneficial for "monitoring endangered species, delivering healthcare to remote areas, and helping manage natural disasters."

Inspired by his experience with aerial drones, Branson and Virgin's philanthropic arm Virgin Unite have created a new series called "Drones for Good." In the video below, which features a conversation with Chris Anderson, co-founder of 3D Robotics, Branson talks about how he believes drones could play a major role in helping to curb animal poaching in Africa.  

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Richard Branson's island paradise captured by drones
Business mogul just became a new investor in the aerial drone startup 3D Robotics.