CREATIVITY VS TIME
drone racing league
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.