Drone Racing: High Tech Applied to Sports


Drone racing is a new sport that is captivating more and more fans around the globe, so far it’s called ‘The sport of the future’ and it may very well be an accurate title for this 21st-century form of entertainment. The drones have taken off and the sound of their blades is already heard in football stadiums, they even have an official league!

Drone racing, championed by Drone Racing League, was seen at the beginning of 2016. That year at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Weeks later, the Sun Life Stadium in Miami served as a circuit for the first participants of this type of competition called to set a milestone in our era. This sport is the perfect union between two worlds, the human-physical world and the virtual one. A perfect match to describe the world that we live in.

Drone fever has only just begun. It seems that just when the drones are beginning to roll their blades to reach the public, a very serious development of virtual reality begins. Something that began as a military resource, seeks to make a leap that in the past might have seemed unattainable and yet it has become a mass phenomenon upon reaching stores around the world. In the beginning, it gave the impression of being a mere hobby, but it has become a competition to see who is the fastest.

VR Competitors

The goal of virtual reality is pretty clear: making users leave the real world through a deception of the senses. All the staging gives the impression that the drone is the perfect mixture between reality and fiction, the world that the 80’s movies promised us is here, but better. The FPV (or First Person View) could very well be compared to a flight simulator. It feels like you’re flying without leaving the comfort and safety of your chair, thanks to the best graphics that your eyes have ever seen on a screen.

Drone racing could have sprung up a bit earlier. We had already radio control races, but virtual reality is the key element that makes it completely different from anything else seen to the date. As if it were a videogame, the runners firmly hold the controllers and struggle to complete the circuit as fast as possible.

The races are breathtaking, a big game changer is that the only limit is the sky. All kinds of acrobatics serve to gain a couple of seconds of advantage to the rival. The fact of not having a floor to roll makes drone racing surprising, every move is unexpected. Even more when they exceed 100 kilometers per hour and look like real fireballs chasing each other up in the air.

In the FPV races, every factor counts. The wind is the worst enemy, it completely alters the flight, but also the curves have to be known to conquer them with no issues. It is not enough to know how to follow a dotted line, you have to be able to predict the moment of braking to slow down, as in any other motorsport. Although these racers have a clear advantage: They don’t risk their lives every time that they need to hurry the turn in a curve.