Race Drones is now the hottest thing in the world of FPV quadcopter flying. After many street level match ups the sport has matured and the new Drone Racing League (DRL), is taking the excitement to the next level. But this is not your local brew of RC bashers. The sport has grown up. Get ready for the sport of the future where the world’s top drone pilots will thread the needle and navigate epic race courses designed specifically for FPV racing drones.
In the Pre-Game Top pilots came from all over the world to fly through the complex structure of an abandoned power station on the banks of the Hudson River known for its rusted walls, crumbling structure and history of violence was nicknamed, “The Gates of Hell.” Last year it became the proving ground for the first event of its kind., slicing through neon gates, rounding hairpin turns, and racing for the finish. With no margin for error the course saw its share of casualties.
The Heat Builds: Level 1
On February 22 2016 “MIAMI LIGHTS” Will be the season-opener flown at the NFL’s Sun Life stadium. The venue will be transformed into the fastest three-dimensional course ever created for FPV racing. Once the smoke clears, competitors will go on to Level 2.
The date has yet to be determined but it will be at: L.A.POCALYPSE. This abandoned venue is a 40-acre relic of 70′s suburban excess and will be the perfect backdrop for the 2nd race of the season.
Who will be crowned as the best FPV pilot on the planet and DRL world champion? Stay tuned!
Of course we here at Rotor Drone are all about cutting-edge technology, precision and sophistication — so we hold ourselves far above such indelicate pursuits as a local demolition derby. And “far above” turns out to be the ideal vantage point to take in the metal-mashing, fire-belching, teeth-rattling impact-laden awesomeness that is a good old-fashioned demolition derby. This video stitches together footage from several such events as filmed from drones hovering over the action — and it is amazing. Shot with an unidentified 450-size quad carrying a GoPro Hero 2, the quality is very good, and the POV is unmatched!
Up, up, and away! If you’ve ever dreamed of flying like Superman, we have the information in this issue to at least make it seem as if you’re flying. Check out the “FPV Essentials” article by Michael York, who gives a rundown on all the equipment you need to experience FPV from your multirotor, including setup and troubleshooting tips. Watching the ground roll by on a video monitor is great, but to get the full feeling of flying, you will want to try on a pair of FPV goggles for total immersion.
Looking for a durable Carbon Fiber quadcopter that doesn’t need building? Then the Quanum Outlaw 270 is the quadcopter for you. This is a ARF kit so all you need to add is a receiver and battery.
The quadcopter comes packed full of features with all the great pro level gear already installed. This includes powerful Multistar 2206 2150Kv motors, responsive 20A Afro Race Spec ESC, 6″ propellers and CC3D flight controller. The Power Distribution Board comes fitted with an XT60 connector and a BEC with a on/off switch for your already installed LED strips.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier is one of those things that used to only exist in comic books and movies — an aircraft carrier that also doubles as a quad-rotor airship! While it may be a bit (or more than a bit!) fanciful to suggest that a vessel weighing nearly 100,000 tons (about what a Nimitz-class carrier displaces) and exhibiting the aerodynamic cross-section of…well…an aircraft carrier could rise serenely off of the ocean surface and fly, advances in drone tech have made it a perfectly feasible reality in scale — as this video shows. The data panel in the video lists the power system to be four D2826-10 1400kV S4 motors turning 8x4x3 props via 30A speed controls. Battery is listed as as a Dualsky 2800 30C (no mention if it is 2S or 3S.) It is using a MultiWii flight controller with X-copter firmware. We’re particularly impressed that it retains full control both on water and in the air.
No joke: this bird of prey is trained to capture rogue drones. Dutch police, working with a raptor training company called “Guard From Above” demonstrated the eagle’s drone-disabling skills in this […]