There’s no better time to get into the sport than right now.
Drone racing began as a sport in Australia in late 2014 and since then many competitions are held throughout the world almost every month. The World Drone Prix was held at Dubai this year which offered a whopping $250,000 to the winner. It was biggest race of its kind and not to forget, a teenager, 15-year-old Luke Bannister walked away with the top prize.
Recently, the second annual National Drone Racing Championship at New York was broadcasted by ESPN on TV making drone racing a mainstream sport.
Drone racing is a sport where, the drone pilots strive to fly around a set course as quickly as possible using their extremely fast multi-rotors or drones. FPV(First Person View) systems are used in almost all drone races. FPV flying means the pilots only see what drones can see as if the pilot is physically present in the cockpit.
These drones are equipped with camera which are capable of providing live video streaming wirelessly. Previously, the pilots used FPV monitors which are now replaced by FPV goggles for much more fascinating experience.
To know more about FPV, you can watch the video below:
The multi rotor drones used are much smaller than the other standard drones. This allows the drones to be stable, fast, easier to fly and more agile. Racing drones can easily go over 60mph (or 100 kmph). These mini FPV drones are generally custom-built by the team or an individual. Though there are no standard rules for building a racing drone, but the race organizers implement some restrictions such as weight limits, battery used, etc.
The racers are generally categorized into three classes based on the drone’s size:
- Suited for indoor racing.
- The size should not exceed more than 150 mm (measured diagonally from motor to motor).
- 4 motors.
- 2-cell LiPo battery.
- Most Popular Class for FPV racing.
- size up to 250 mm.
- 3-cell or 4-cell LiPo battery.
- Fewer restrictions for fast races.
- size up to 300 mm.
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