While you may have previously thought that drones are only used for delivering goods, helping farmers map out their land, or even conduct warfare in difficult-to-reach areas, UAVs are now being used for something completely different. They have been introduced in the sporting arena, so now people can race drones for sport and enjoy flying the vehicle.
California will be hosting the first of its kind US National Drone Racing Championships this month. The games will take place at soccer field in Sacramento and will host around 120 pilots from various parts of the globe. These individuals will be operating drones in and around a 11,000-seat stadium. You can expect the drones to fly as fast as 80 mph, so it’s safe to assume that these drones are going to be very high-tech.
The winner of the event gets to walk away with a whopping $25,000. Not a bad amount to win when enjoying something you love doing. For the safety of bystanders and spectators, the stadium will be completely netted.
Most people don’t think of drone-flying as a sporting activity, but with the recent influx of online videos of drone-enthusiasts flying their UAVs, the hobby/sport is spreading like wildfire. Take Charpu for example, a Spanish-born 34 year old individual who loves flying drones. She is among the most famous pilots known for her superb ability to maneuver the vehicle at blazing fast speeds.
But even Sharpu will have stiff competition at the event since enthusiasts from different countries will be attending the event to win the coveted prize. Those attending the event for viewing purposes will be able to wear goggles and check out all the action from any of their favorite pilot’s point of view. Some of the drones in the competition will be self-made, while others will be store-bought. We look forward to this fantastic even and wish all the participants good luck!