f you’re a tech-minded individual with fast reflexes, the Drone Racing League is hoping you’ll consider a career in professional drone racing.
With contracts of up to $100,000 to fly one of these devices for the professional sports league, it’s a not-too-shabby career choice if you have the skills to pilot flying devices through a pre-determined maze at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.
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Simon Robinson, CEO of Drone Racing Africa, speaks on the wide spectrum of applications for drones in South Africa.
By Kgaogelo Letsebe
Drone Racing Africa (DRA) will be launching a competency course for professionals and hobbyist who want to take full advantage of the emerging technology. Continue reading DRA introduces drone competency course
by Stefan Etienne
Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing.
But what if you want to actually take to the skies with a racing drone? Team BlackSheep’s drone kit, called the Vendetta, is a first-person-view drone that just might be one of your best options.
Price as reviewed: $899 for kit, $499 drone-only at TBS
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By Paul Blake
Almost 3,000 miles from home and standing on an island that was once the site of a military installation, Ken Loo stared intently into a set of goggles, his fingers twitching over controls as he reacted to the scratchy drone video beaming directly into his eyes.
Hurtling through the air overhead at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour, his and other drones transmitted the images to pilots who were competing in the U.S. National Drone Racing Championships last weekend on New York’s Governors Island.
Behind safety netting, a small audience gathered to sip beer and watch the devices fly around the course, weaving in and out of obstacles. Some put on orange spectator goggles, which allowed them to toggle between feeds from the drones’ onboard cameras.
By Jeremy Wyckoff
I had a tough decision this past Saturday: Head out to the field to spend the day flying with my friend Bob, “BaveronaFVP” Averona , or attend the U.S. National Drone Racing Championships (Drone Nationals) on Governor’s Island—the first nationally televised drone racing event in history.
I’ve been to drone events like this, with amazing tracks setup for top pilots and race teams. But I find I spend the day separated from the real action, and am left wanting to go home and fly FPV (first-person view) drones myself.
Sponsored by ESPN, the Drone Nationals was different—fun for non-hobbyists, as well as those pilots who aren’t quite as skilled as this level (read: just one-quarter as fast). For just $10, I snagged a trackside ticket, with access to the pits, trackside viewing, drone racing computer simulators, free and discounted swag and equipment. But more importantly? I got up close with the organizers, the pioneering technology companies behind drone racing, and the pilots I follow so I can progress with my own racing skills.
“Everything is better when it flies.”
Yep, there is really a company who will take your deceased pets and turn them into drones.
One of the men behind Copter Company, Bart Jansen, explains that the idea came when he decided to turn his beloved cat Orville into a drone after he was run over by a car.
Ralph Gardner Jr. gets a chance to fly a drone ahead of the The Liberty Cup at the Liberty Science Center
Drone designer Andy Shen, left, Liberty Cup director Randy Scott Slavin and racer Steve Zoumas fly drones using goggles that connect to cameras on the aircraft.PHOTO: RALPH GARDNER JR./THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Liberty Cup to be held Wednesday at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is billed as “the first-ever drone race set against the NYC skyline.”
My romantic vision of the event—which was canceled over the weekend due to weather, except for some preliminary races—was that competitors’ aerial drones would race over to Manhattan, circle One World Trade Center twice, buzz the SeaGlass Carousel in the Battery, and see who made it back to the Garden State first.