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First Ever Giant Drone Race to Debut at New York City ePrix

Giant drones to race Formula E car at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (July 10, 2017) – The Federation of Drone Racing (FDR) made the announcement today that the Titan Grand Prix Racing Organization (TGP) will make their debut in a head-to-head challenge against a Formula E race car at the inaugural Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix held at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal July 15 and 16.

Champion drone pilots Zachry Thayer and Jordan Temkin will be at the controls in the world premier of the Titan Grand Prix GFD1 drone in a best 2 out of 3 contest against the Formula E car.

The Titan Grand Prix GFD1 drone, which is powerful enough to lift a 200lb man, will attempt to beat the car over a ⅓ mile section of the track, including the treacherous hairpin T01, at2:30pm Sunday, July 16. An early version of the drone was clocked at 110mph while the Formula E car’s top speed is 140mph. The GFD1 drone, with eight propellers, is the largest drone racing class at 1100mm diagonally from motor to motor. For comparison, typical racing drones today are 250mm.

[The Titan Grand Prix GFD1 alongside a typical racing drone.]

Photo Credit: Titan Grand Prix Racing Organization

TGP owners Joe Herbert, Lee Baran, Joel Jackson, Adrian Taverner, and Scott Phan are confident. “We are so happy to be working with FDR on this. The NYC ePrix is the perfect venue for introducing TGP and the GFD1 to the world. We have enormous respect for the Formula E organization. It’s almost a shame the GFD1 will crush this race so hard.” They like to have fun.

The Titan Grand Prix series will be an international drone racing series with the fastest, largest, and most powerful racing drones in the world. The TGP league will be comprised of teams of top drone pilots, world champions, and engineers from all over the world. Currently in their startup phase, the TGP owners are actively developing plans in cooperation with investors, teams, and media partners, and hope to announce their 2018 race schedule by early fall.

Pilots Thayer and Temkin, in addition to other top pilots, will also participate in the world’s first invitational FDR Team Endurance Race, a high intensity drone race with two pilots and 1 pit engineer per team. Each pilot flies until their battery is depleted, at which time they enter the pits to change out drones and pilots.

FDR Team Endurance Racing is the first of its kind and set up similar to an endurance race in sports car racing. Strategy is key and suspense is high, and any outcome is possible.

More information on FDR and TGP will be located in the Formula E Allianz eVillage where fans can get a firsthand look at the elements of the e-sport and the pinnacle aspects of technology like Fat Shark First Person View (FPV) goggles to experience races through the eyes of the pilot. The owners of GFD1 and the pilots will be on site explaining the format and technology. List of confirmed teams and pilots for the NYC ePrix exhibitions below.

The race happens at 2:30pm on Sunday, July 16. The owners and pilots will be on hand in the eVillage FDR tent on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. For tickets to the Qualcomm New York City ePrix, go towww.FIAFormulaE.com.

An official 2018 series calendar schedule will be released at a later date. To learn more and stay up to date on the latest on FDR, go to www.federationofdroneracing.com.

Are you ready for the largest and most incredible Drone Racing event of your life?

The 2017 MultiGP International Open promises to be one of the largest and most unique FPV events of the year. Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned FPV pilot, you will not want to miss this event! This drone racer’s paradise will be serving up 8 different FPV race and freestyle courses with the capability of 64 pilots in the air at once, so you can practice, qualify or just fly for fun!

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How to make six figures racing drones

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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Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

DR1 Racing will start the DR1 Micro Series, a micro drone race. Compared to regular racing drones, micro drones are safer and easier to fly, and they do not require a pilot's license.

Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

They’re small, it’s highly technical, and a lot of fun.

Rosalie Chan

At first glance, a micro drone doesn’t look substantial. It’s small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Its rotors look like four tiny wheels. But don’t underestimate it — these micro drones are going to be the future of drone racing and become the new racecars. Continue reading Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

Drones to crowd Istanbul sky for racing league next weekend

Drones to crowd Istanbul sky for racing league next weekend

Highly popular for professional video and film recording, as well as commercial and military purposes, drones will fly over Istanbul next weekend for the Turkey Drone League (TDL) at KüçükÇiftlik Park.

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DRA introduces drone competency course

Simon Robinson, CEO of Drone Racing Africa, speaks on the wide spectrum of applications for drones in South Africa.

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

Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with a high learning curve

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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The Drone Racing League and Toy State Announce Multi-Year, Racing Toy-Drone Partnership

The Drone Racing League (DRL), the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world, announced a three-year licensing deal with Toy State, a toy industry leader and innovator for more than 30 years. The deal centers on the first and only co-branded, racing toy drone from Toy State’s upcoming drone line, Nikko Air.

Nikko Air DRL Drones will be available in stores in the fall of 2017, hitting retail shelves on the heels of DRL’s second season, which will air this coming summer. Toy State is committed to a co-branded multi-media marketing campaign to launch this new line that will run both in the United States and throughout key European markets.

“We’re incredibly excited to develop the Nikko Air DRL Drones with Toy State and inspire the next generation of elite drone pilots,” said DRL CEO/Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. “Nikko is the most respected name in RC vehicles and partnering with them as they introduce this new line of flying RC toys into the market is a natural fit for us. Young fans watching DRL on ESPN and Sky Sports who want to be like their favorite DRL pilots will have an unprecedented opportunity next year to experience the thrill at home.” Continue reading The Drone Racing League and Toy State Announce Multi-Year, Racing Toy-Drone Partnership

Drone Racing Takes Flight With Olympic-Size Ambitions

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.

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