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International Article: What You Need To Know About Drone Racing

What You Need To Know About Drone Racing
By: Robert Peterson

The next big craze is here, and to be honest, we think this looks more or less like a toned down version of pod racing, and that's really not a problem at all. In fact, the intrigue and excitement surrounding drone racing seems to at least somewhat stem from the novelty and futuristic feel of this new sport.

Get ready for a crash course on the world's newest sport, already streaming on ESPN. We'll touch base on all of the fundamentals in order to fully understand the sport, and then go on into the current players, as well as some of the more popular courses made so far. To wrap it up we'll highlight a few of the best drones in the league, in case anyone out there is interested in starting up themselves.

What is Drone Racing?

Drone Racing takes the latest breakthroughs in virtual reality technology in order to create an immersive competitive experience. According to the Drone Racing League (DRL),pilots "...steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard camera.” Competitive drone racing comes in four different categories: drone, team, freestyle, and wing.

Where Are All the Drone Races?

Drone Racing is quickly becoming a nationally, and world-recognized sport. The first national drone race took place in 2015 in California, and was put on by the Drone Sports Association. "After 2015 Drone Nationals, we received calls from hundreds of folks around the world all wanting to run drone races in their country. So we set up a small working group...The end result was the creation of the inaugural World Drone Racing Championships to be held in Hawaii, October 2016, with over 40 countries sending teams and pilots.”

Looks like drone racing is only growing in popularity, and may soon be seen in a community near you.

What Drone to Buy?

When choosing the right drone to buy, be careful that you're getting an actual racing drone, and not just one with a camera. "Racing drones are not the same as the popular consumer quads that are used to take high-quality video of surfing contests, real estate and landscapes.”

For beginners, the best drone to pick up would be the Hubsan X4 H107D. Coming in at only $100 dollars, it's hard to beat this little guy in terms of price. And, since it also comes with FPV capabilities, there's no worry that a beginning competitor will be at much of a disadvantage. At the same time, once competition reaches a certain level, it could be hard to stand up next to the pro level drones, some of which can go for as high as $500 dollars.

Article by Robert Peterson, USSS Sport Machine www.usssportsmachine.com/