Charlotte just hosted it’s first sanctioned drone race in an old warehouse building – Charlotte’s Historic Savona Mill, right next door to Blue Blaze Brewing Co.
Saturday morning’s race was to determine who would advance on to the IDRA national race tournament this coming August in New York City – which will be broadcast on ESPN3 at the beginning of August.
Here is one of the videos from Charlotte’s qualifying race on Saturday;
19 second lap from #Flymore race this weekend. The spotter given to me said I had a 23 second run instead. Although a 19 second lap doesn’t cut it to win the race, it might have qualified me for the finals where anything can happen. I should of checked my go pro footage right then and there. #lessonlearned #flymoredronerace #IDRA #DroneNationals #qualifier #fail #learnfromthesemistakes #dobetternexttime
Drone races uses quad-copter (four propellers) remote controlled drones that are about the size of a textbook.
The advanced racing drones can reach speeds of over 80 mph. Racers use small cameras mounted on the drone and goggles to navigate as the drones navigate through LED obstacles and checkpoints.
Racing drones can cost anywhere from $150 to well over $1,000 (you can even now buy racing drones on Amazon.com).
If you’d like to find out more about Charlotte’s racing drone scene, check out FlyMore Charlotte’s website here.