Commercial drone racing is a growing phenomenon where players use FPV (first person view) camera systems to fly their drones through a fixed track within the shortest period of time. FPV drone racing events are already off to a flying start with several organizations having started their own featured events all around the globe. Today
Commercial drone racing is a growing phenomenon where players use FPV (first person view) camera systems to fly their drones through a fixed track within the shortest period of time. FPV drone racing events are already off to a flying start with several organizations having started their own featured events all around the globe. Today we are going to look at the biggest global races and the shift they are bringing to the drone racing industry.
Companies Have Already Started Taking on the Business of Drone Races
Drone racers will have multicopters equipped with cameras and video transmitters to get a live view of the surroundings. They’ll likely also have a video screen in the form of video goggles, such as one of the FatShark models. These provide a level of immersion that is unmatched by other viewing solutions. Those with the right equipment will be able to enter one of these FPV racing events happening around the world in the coming months:
- Aerial GP Europe:
When: July 11, 2015
Where: Barcelona, Spain
About: With more than 10 member countries, Aerial GP Europe is one of the largest FPV racing leagues in the world. BBC Click recently covered one of their events and were impressed with the talent on display, with several professional racers such as Carlos Puertolas (better known as Charpu who is featured in today’s blog post image) competing.
When: July 26, 2015
Where: Florida, USA
About: MultiGP aims to bring flying drones into mainstream use by setting up chapters throughout the US. The exciting thing about this concept is that you can set up a chapter yourself, provided you have a safe place to fly. Although MultiGP’s racing equipment can be purchased, you do not necessarily need to do so in order to start a chapter.
Where: TBA, USA & Canada
About: Racing FPV is another competition that is rapidly gaining participants, with several international racers already having joined in. Racing FPV is a highly sponsored event, with major companies such as FatShark and Luminier already investing heavily in the concept.
The Future of Commercial Drone Racing Is Picking Up Speed!
Looking ahead, no doubt there will be an explosion in the world of drone racing. Drone companies such as Luminier have already started sponsoring famous pilots to use their equipment in order to boost sales. Yet, since anybody can build their own FPV racer at a cost of about $500, I’m sure we’ll see DIY versions coming out in force as well.
We’re also going to see a huge interest in providing engaging experiences for the fans. I imagine we’ll see apps that allow spectators to go along for the ride with their favorite racer, as well as multi-spectrum viewpoints to compare racer experiences.
In the future, several companies are likely to create their own drone racing leagues – but who will reign supreme? Ahead of the pack at present is the Aerial GP Europe event given its large number of participants and global presence. Will it be the one to capitalize on this market and become the dominant force in aerial drone racing? That’s my guess.
But what do you think? Is drone racing merely a fad that will die out as quickly as it has gained popularity? And be sure to let us know if we’ve missed important drone races that should be in our list!
Image via: Twitter – Peter Gray (@rcci_madpete)