Looking for a true test of your grit, flying skills, and battle strategy? Drone Clash, a real life video game of sorts, is a competition where drone teams battle each other. They can use as many drones as they like, but each team is only allowed two FPV video streams to their drones. This means, in practice, only two drones can be tele-operated per team. To make things interesting, teams can swap drones, create autonomous drones and anything in between — as long as it flies. Due to the overwhelming success of the first edition, DroneClash 2 is already being organized.
Here’s the scoop direct from the source: “On November 27 2018 we will be part of the Amsterdam Drone Week in the RAI in Amsterdam. DroneClash and Amsterdam Drone Week fit together well, showing the world that the Netherlands is at the forefront of all drone technology. Including counter drones!
We aim to make DroneClash 2 even better than 1. The drones in DroneClash 1 were all but impervious to our own counter-measures. For example, over 20 net shells were fired, but none hit a drone. The drones were simply too fast, a lesson in itself for the counter drone industrie. This year, that will be different. There are also small rule changes, designed to lengthen the battles so that teams really can show their skills and tech.
On the other hand, it will be interesting to see what innovations will be made by the teams this year. Last year, among others, a new type of hacking was developed that is now being researched by the authorities.
“We are quite satisfied with the results. Although it showed we still have a long way to come. The more reason to keep this fantastic event recurring’’ says Mark Wiebes, Chief Innovation Officer of the Dutch Police.