Drone Racing Gets Off The Ground
In a startlingly short amount of time, a whole community — a whole industry, in fact — has cropped up around something that barely existed two years ago. Enthusiasts enjoy everything about drone racing: building the drones, strapping on goggles that put them inside the cockpit, and hurtling through hoops and around hairpin turns while trying not to smash into anything. There’s a nice jolt of adrenaline from steering through, over and around obstacles at more than 60 mph while seeing everything from the drone’s-eye view. A quick search of Meetup shows more than 150 drone-racing enthusiast groups worldwide. Accomplished pilots compete in racing leagues and championships backed by big-name sponsors and watched by fans on the internet and ESPN. Drone racing appears to be taking off.
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