This Week in Drone Racing
June 25 – July 1, 2016
Top stories, videos, and flights that may have landed through the cracks.
- BanniUK wins the DR1 Invitational and $30,000
- Millennials love drone racing, apparently
- GE will sponsor the Liberty Cup in New Jersey at the end of the month
- Fun this week: SpaceX Landing
- Friday Flight of the Week: Crash Compilation
BanniUK becomes the most well paid drone racing pilot around with his $30,000 first place win at the DR1 Invitational.
The DR1 Invitational was a well-received event – but the true measure of success will come August 6th when the special 1-hour TV show airs on the Science Channel. Will Millennial males tune in (see below)? Do Millennials even watch cable TV?
“For advertisers, this could be a chance to avoid another case of ‘Nascar blindness’ or ‘esports ignorance’ and get involved with an exciting new sport that is capturing the consumers’ attention,” said Tom Kelshaw, director of creative technology at Maxus. “Drones combine the speed, exhilaration and approachability of motor sports with the technology of esports and consumer gadgets.”
Randy Scott Slavin, Race Producer announced, “We are proud to welcome GE as a presenting sponsor for the Liberty Cup Drone Race! GE will power our racetrack with their amazing LED technology and make history as we the world’s first fpv drone race set against the NYC skyline.”
GE is no stranger to drones (they created a #DRONEWEEK livestream showcase of GE work being filmed by drone), so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. By size of the company, this is the largest sponsor of any drone racing event.
4) Fun This Week: SpaceX Lands in a Backyard Pool
Reddit user /u/rubiksman was honored to have SpaceX test out an experimental landing in his backyard pool. A pool that really, really needs cleaning.
5) Friday Flight of the Week
Frank Aalbers shows us what often happens at the end of practice flights.