Drone-racing is big business in the US – and now Britain is catching up

Flight of the navigators: the writer (and more experienced pilots) testing FPV drones in London

For such spindly contraptions, with their tiny propellers and gaffer-tape bandages, drones are remarkably resilient when a hapless beginner slams one against the floor, then the ceiling, then the floor again (repeat several times). Yet the object of today’s exercise is not to test the vertical confines of a derelict event space beside the Thames in London, but to move the thing forward – at speed.

Read more…

Fast and furious: Warehouse drone racing brings sci-fi sport to life

Zooming through mid-air checkpoints at high speeds, quadcopters are making the fantasy of Star Wars podracing into an exciting and competitive reality.

A video produced by drone manufacturer Propsman shows just how fast and furious a quadcopter race can become.

Filmed in a warehouse in San Francisco, two LED-lit drones can be seen battling it out amongst gangways of cardboard boxes and low-lying canvas waypoints. It’s breathtaking stuff:

The pilots’ skills are pushed to the limit during the 90-second clip, which ends dramatically with a mid-air collision.

Read more…