CRE­ATIV­ITY VS TIME

drone rac­ing league

Collective Hub - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS AMY MOLLOY

What hap­pens when you com­bine the thrill of Star Wars po­drac­ing with the real-world adren­a­line rush of For­mula 1? The Drone Rac­ing League (DRL): cus­tom-built drones trav­el­ling at speeds of up to 140km/h, guided by pi­lots who steer through three-di­men­sional cour­ses set up in sports sta­di­ums, train tun­nels, sci­ence labs and even his­toric land­marks.

Screened by ESPN and online, the sport, which has 25 pi­lots guid­ing iden­ti­cal drones via head­sets and con­trollers fit­ting for a vir­tual re­al­ity lab, is fast at­tract­ing a global fan­base – in 2016 the world cham­pi­onship series was watched by 30 mil­lion peo­ple, and it’s pre­dicted to be the next bil­lion-dol­lar sport. We meet the pro­fes­sional ‘drone jock­eys’ who are paid to push the lim­its of physics. >

HIGH SPEED, HIGH RISK and HIGH AL­TI­TUDE. Welcome to the world of DRONE RAC­ING. We look at the PI­LOTS who are bring­ing THIS SPORT to a screen near YOU.

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