IDRA heads to Korea for the GiGA World Masters


IDRA has announced the GiGA World Masters, in association with KDRA, which will be taking place in Korea this weekend.

The event will feature an exciting match up between two of the sports brightest prospects and meanest pilots Luke ‘BanniUK’ Bannister from England and MinChan Kim who’ll be racing in his native South Korea.

IDRA Founder Justin Haggerty had this to say: “Join the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) on August 6-7th in Haeundae Beach, South Korea for the GiGA World Masters with the Korean Drone Racing Association (KDRA) and KT Corporation, formerly known as Korea Telecom. Not only will spectators enjoy the competition between Europe’s Team Tornado XBlades and Korea’s Team KT GiGA5, fans will see a rematch between the two youngest competitors from the World Drone Prix.”

“Luke Bannister, the teenager who won $250,000 in Dubai, will be challenged again by MinChan Kim, who recently won the D1 Asia Cup in Shanghai.”

GiGa World Masters Course Map

BanniUK said of the upcoming event: “I’m stoked to go race in Korea! GiGA are fast so we better bring our A game!”

Haggerty added: “Thanks to Amimon’s support, the GiGA World Masters will be the first drone race to be broadcasted in high definition. IDRA has attempted this feat before at the World Drone Prix in Dubai; but, for several reasons, we were unable to perfect the production.

“Integrating Amimon’s Connex HD Prosight into the GiGA World Masters is a step toward improving how our sport is presented to virtual spectators, viewers, and fans. This technology, and the application of, is something that companies like KT are interested in. We at IDRA and KDRA are excited and proud to make the dream into reality.”

You can follow along and track the progress this weekend by following @IDRAdroneracing.

This isn’t the only positive drone related recent news for South Korea. DJI just announced that it would be opening a drone arena in the country. The arena, which will provide a safe place for those wishing to learn how to fly a drone as well as a meeting place for enthusiasts, will be based near Seoul; the 1,395-square-meter arena is located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.


Moon Tae-hyun, DJI Korea’s Country Manager, said: “We hope to provide a safe and fun environment for people to experience the technology first hand, whether they are skilled enthusiasts or someone who is just curious to learn. Best of all, the indoor venue will provide a space for people to fly all year round despite weather conditions outside.”


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