Drone racing is a sport where drone pilots strive to build extremely fast and agile multi-rotors (otherwise known as drones) to fly around a set course as fast as possible. Almost all drone races today are done using FPV (First Person View) systems.
FPV is a type of drone flying where pilots use cameras to fly drones as if they were sitting in the cockpit. Some pilots fly using FPV monitors, where as others use specialized FPV goggles to give them a more immersive experience. FPV flying was originally done using RC Planes, but in recent years, multi-rotor drones have become extremely popular, much more stable, easier to fly, and more agile than RC planes. All of this has made multi-rotor drones the perfect platform for FPV flying.
From late 2013 to 2015, people began making FPV drones that were much smaller than what was considered the standard. This allowed them to be even more maneuverable than before while also being able to fit through tighter spaces and hold up better in crashes. After flying these mini FPV drones, it became apparent that FPV Drone racing was going to become extremely popular in the future.
Drone racing is already starting to take off, but I believe that it's still at it's infancy stage, and what we're doing right now is "nothing" compared to what drone racing will eventually become years down the road. That being said, people who race drones right now are truly the pioneers of a new sport. We are the ones who will define what FPV drone racing is, how it's regulated, the technology that's used and most importantly, what it means to be a drone racer in the future.
We believe that drone racing is here to stay, so there's no better time to get into the sport than right now.
What It's Like To Fly a Racing Drone
For some, it's about getting the fastest time around the course. For others, it's about exploring the world from new prospectives. For me, FPV racing isn't about any of that – it's about the experience. It's about the feeling you get when taking huge risks and then succeeding.
I actually don't get to race very often, but just because you have a racing drone, that doesn't mean you have to race with it. There's another kind of flying called freestyle. The main objective of Freestyle drone flying is just like any other freestyle sport. You fly in the craziest ways you can think of.
Imagine that you're hundreds of feet in the air, and then suddenly you're spiraling toward the ground at 80mph. Your palms start sweating, your heart starts racing and all you can think about is "Am I going to make this maneuver. Will I pull out of it or smash into the ground, destroying everything I've worked so hard to build". All of these thoughts intensify as the ground gets closer and closer, until the moment when time slows down and you take action, pulling up just before hitting the ground.