Stretching their arms outside their masterfully produced interpretations of what drone racing can be, the Drone Racing League has recently announced the launch of a critical new program for UAV and quadcopter racing events. Collaborating with the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation event (my word, what a mouthful), DroneRacingSafety.org is an initiative dedicated to developing, standardizing, and sharing drone racing protocols.
“Innovative commercial and government platforms and applications for UAS are helping to solve problems, save money, conserve critical resources, and even save lives,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. “The Administration will continue collaborating with public and private sector entities to further understand and explore safe and beneficial application of this emergent technology.”
While there are already some guidelines that you can find relating to how you can help mitigate the potential risks involved with the sport, the information is listed in a manner that lists the rules of a race, whereas this collaboration is more about educating people on the risks and how to avoid them. Ranging across three categories, (planning, procedure, and production), the page is a good source of information for pilots who wish to participate as well as event coordinators who wish to organize a race safely.
“As the popularity of FPV flight grows globally, it has become more and more necessary to establish best-in-class protocols to ensure racing events are held in a safe manner. We believe it’s important to use DRL’s leadership in the FPV industry to provide extensive information on racing safety, freely available to all pilots and event organizers, based on our deep investment in developing and codifying robust safety standards,” said DRL Founder/CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski.
DroneRacingSafety.org in its current state is well set-up, but a little on the meager side. As the site grows, they hope to include expert advice on personal drone safety, interviews with industry leaders, and research reports on drone parts and safety equipment performance.
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