- Eric Limer | Gear Patrol
Companies like DJI and Parrot have brought quadcopters to the masses with consumer-grade, fully-stabilized drones that are a dream to fly. But the drones professional fliers use for racing are a completely different beast. Now as part of a Kickstarter by the Drone Racing League, you can buy pretty much the same drone that its racers use, if you think you have what it takes to fly it.
Racing drones come in all shapes and sizes, many of which are hand-built by racers themselves. But the Drone Racing League, which has teamed up with NBC to try and take drone racing mainstream, is a spec series: everyone flies an identical drone, and DRL Racer4 Street is it.
Available as the reward for a $600 Kickstarter donation, the Racer4 Street has a modular design for easy repairability (you will be crashing it) and a heck of a lot of prop-power, but it’s maybe more notable for what it doesn’t do. Unlike self-stabilizing drones you’d use for recreation or photography which right themselves and hover in place when you take your hands off the controls, the Racer4 Street is designed to be flown without that helping hand. This manual control makes it extremely nimble, but also legitimately hard to keep in the air at all, unless you have some baseline piloting skill.
At $600, the Racer4 Street is pretty expensive for a drone that is, by design, difficult to fly. If you’d like to find out what flying one is like without spending several hundred dollars, the Drone Racing League has an extremely true-to-life simulator which costs $20 and other sims are even free. As for the pros, they’ll be starting the latest season this weekend on NBC and streaming on Twitter on August 11th at 2 p.m. ET.
Original article at Gear Patrol, here.
IDRA Membership & Insurance
For more information about the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) and how to become a member, please visit our website or find us on all social media platforms. As the world's largest association for recreational and commercial pilots, IDRA is the premier provider of primary liability insurance with worldwide coverage. This is a great and affordable service that we provide IDRA Members around the world.
If you need applicable and affordable insurance for your drone event (training, education, demos, exhibits, races, etc.) and/or an upcoming Commercial Drone Project please contact us as well.
As always, stay safe, have fun, and we'll see you at the next race!