The Boston Globe recently contacted the USDRA and interviewed us on the state of drone racing in the US, check it out!
Dave Shevett is chairman of the US Drone Racing Association, an unaffiliated group based in New England. One day, he stumbled across an FPV drone-racing video online and was hooked. Not long after, he formed the USDRA. The group is small, but has been working with clubs in the Northeast to help set guidelines.
Last week the US Drone Nationals were held in California. There were some brilliant performances, with some absolutely stunning flying. Here’s a great supercut from m0ke showing the more dramatic sides of the races, (by which we’re talking “smacking into obstacles”), as well as some great race footage.
Last Tuesday, July 14th, Aerial Advantages of Londonderry, NH invited area pilots to come up and test an indoor track for possible racing events. A great time was had by all, and the pilots had a good discussion with Brent, the organizer, about how best to adapt drone racing to the challenges of indoor flying.
Here’s a little video showing some of our pilots, and a few of the more spectacular crashes. The most serious damage from the day was a broken frame, which was repaired on site. Thanks again to all the pilots for coming out!
We had a fantastic race day on Sunday, with 6-8 pilots flying, and 20 or so excited spectators. The course was great, with lots of high speed flying. We will be modifying the air gates for the next event to make them higher (the number of broken props on the gates was… impressive!)
Click through on the gallery to see some stills. Video coming soon!
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