This Week in Drone Racing
April 9 – April 15, 2016
Top stories, videos, and flights that may have landed through the cracks.
- Reactions to IDRA & ESPN broadcast deal
- Russia’s ‘Drone Grand Prix’
- Racing at Wembley Stadium, London
- Quartz released surprisingly good videos about drone racing and Charpu
- Fun this week: Ultracoptercon
- Friday Flight of the Week: Racing in Belgium
We won’t pretend you didn’t hear about drone racing being broadcast on ESPN. But did you know many ISP’s give you access to ESPN3? Apparently, many people didn’t. Also, there’s this guy:
Well, if they still televise Golf, the most boring of sports, then why not this silliness. https://t.co/nmGP97Oj7B
— Michael Gartenberg (@Gartenberg) April 14, 2016
2) Russia’s ‘Drone Grand Prix’
This event was piggybacking, or trying to, on the popularity of the World Grand Prix. Vladimir Meshcheriakov, third place winner at the WDP, was there to race and help promote the event. This was reportedly the first major Russian event of the year, with more to follow. They don’t show any actual racing drones in the news video (below) for some reason, but they do show this:
Ah, Russians. News video:
Link to full video of the livestream from the event: Full Video
Drone racing is going big in Europe too. Luke Bannister, $250,000 winner of the World Drone Prix, helped make that happen. This week he was flying with other pilots at Wembley Stadium, the biggest stadium in the UK.
4) Quartz Released Surprisingly Good Videos About Drone Racing, and Charpu
To support the news about ESPN, Quartz released two new videos that go in-depth about the drone racing world, and pilots’ motivations. The videos mostly use footage from 2015.
5) Fun This Week
Credit: Arakon via reddit
6) Friday Flight of the Week
According to the organizers this is “a crazy, fully decorated track.” They got that right.