There are a huge number of crowdfunding projects to browse on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Today, we’re going to be looking at the Drone Zone FPV Racing Complex.
Drone racing isn’t a simple sport to reach into. Rigs can cost upwards of $1,000, and finding a place to fly them isn’t too easy either. Especially if you live in the middle of a city, you can’t just walk to the nearest park and start speeding around the rest of the crowd. It’s loud, it’s dangerous, and in many places, illegal.
Hailing from Sheboygan, WI, Daniel Otte is aiming to create an area for people to both have a good time for a social outing, and provide pilots a place to hone their skills competitively. Since drone racing equipment can cost and arm and a leg, Otte plans to solve the problem of equipment by leasing their own under $50. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level tracks will provide a different experience for those with different ability, and a practice area for newcomers and younger children will also be present.
In the typical manner of present-day drone racing, all races will be conducted via FPV (First-Person View). Drones must navigate a plotted course around flags and through gates all while avoiding obstacles. Safety precautions, like the standard nets that exist around most drone racing events, will ensure protection from and for the quadcopters. Otte also plans to include beginner safety and operational training for those who participate, aiming to ensure the safety of everyone enjoying their experience.
The money received from the project will be used to purchase and lease a plot of land approximately 10 acres in size, and build a building that will both hold equipment and perform repairs. A significant portion will also be invested in holding a stock of racing drones, batteries, and a large stock of repair parts to keep the equipment functional. It is also expected that by September 2016, construction or lease of an indoor facility will begin to provide and indoor racing experience on top of the outdoor facility.
Otte’s goals for the future of this project include opening up more of these areas near cities across the US. There are many ways to tackle this, but the first and primary mission of the Kickstarter is to set up the first facility as described above.
Find out more information at the Kickstarter page, including a more in-depth look at both the project and Daniel Otte himself. He is asking for $10,000 dollars to fund his idea, and there is currently 13 days remaining. Check it out, and if you like what you see, consider backing the project!