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Lovesick Drones Gaze Longingly at Apple Campus From the Air

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A decidedly long-distance relationship

Drones just can't keep away from the Apple Campus 2 (sometimes called the "spaceship") in Cupertino. Is it young love? Maybe to the flying robots, the building looks like a giant, beautiful drone in its own right.

Or maybe the public adores seeing the 2.8-million-square-foot building coming together. Take a look at Apple Insider’s new aerial footage, shot just yesterday.

A little over two years since breaking ground, the titanic development really does look like some weird space-age project now, particularly when the camera dramatically crests the curved roof to reveal a bustle of vehicles within the ring, as if the company is fusing together a new USS Enterprise down there.

The enormous, high-ceilinged cafeteria, the first part of the structure erected back in March 2015, is still clearly visible on the initial pass, although now it’s surrounded by a glass-and-steel ring roughly a mile in circumference.

Up on the roof, HVAC systems are being installed, and workers are busy layering aqua-colored solar panels over the finished sections. Sunshields are visible on the sides of the building, right above those gigantic curved windows that started going in in January.

As the footage reminds us via a few flashback shots, just a year ago the site looked like little more than a giant circle of dirt, with the frame of the cafeteria the only thing assembled. Five months ago, it resembled a kind of off-brand Roman Colosseum as the ring began to come together.

Drones operated by both amateur and professional videographers buzz the site on an almost daily basis. If there's much more interest, they are liable to start running into each other.

The new campus got its start 10 years ago, when Steve Jobs bought up 130 acres of land and submitted plans for his unusual, donut-esque building five years later, but the project was only approved in October of 2013. If work stays on schedule, it should be finished by the end of this year.