“This March, Brian Morris went to Dubai to compete in the first ever World Drone Prix and got beaten by a 15-year-old British kid. Morris took second place and $275,000.
Drone racing is a growing sport in which pilots wearing virtual reality headsets guide their camera-mounted quadcopters through hairpin turns and neon-lit gates at 60 miles an hour. Undeterred by the inherent ridiculousness of this idea, various leagues and organizations across the world are battling to get the upper hand and become the UFC of drone racing. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has thrown his money into the sport. ESPN has committed to broadcasting the International Drone Racing Association.
After years of flying remote control helicopters and RC cars, Morris is a natural drone pilot. The 38-year-old still has a day job as the IT manager at a printing company, but with the sport growing, he’s hopeful this will be the year he can make racing a full-time profession.”
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