Fast & Furious Drone Racing

  • Oct 28, 2015 5:57am GMT

With major races now in Paris, Moscow, across Canada, the US and other countries drone racing has become a global sport. The Atlantic features the drone racing world in the first video below called "Inside The Wild West Of Drone Racing" in which drone enthusiast Dale 'Hiway' Settle says only three things have made him absolutely crazy, "women, motorcycles and FPV! FPV / first person view. The piece also examines some of the issues surrounding drones and offers a creative way to defend yourself against them. The second video below was made by the BBC and takes a closer look at the race scene itself.

The 2015 Fat Shark US National Drone Racing Championships was held at the California State Fair attracting 120 pilots, 100+ Volunteers, 60+ sponsors participating organizations, NASA Interns and the FAA making it the largest FPV racing event in history.

VIDEO 1 The Atlantic Authors: Paul Rosenfeld, Daniel Lombroso. Civilian drone technology has outpaced government regulations, as Amanda Ripley explains in her Atlantic story, "Playing Defense Against the Drones." What are the pressures that drone enthusiasts feel to cultivate their love of flying robots responsibly? We went inside the world of drone-racers to get their perspective: "We know we're ambassadors," says Dale Settle in this documentary by The Atlantic. "This is new technology—there's lots of talk, there's lots of hype." However, much in the same way that civilians are pioneering the emergence of drone technologies, they are also playing a role in mitigating the risks that may arise. "As the technology proliferates, you increase the probability that somebody is going to use it inappropriately," says John Franklin, the co-founder of DroneShield, which identifies unauthorized drones using real-time alerts. "But then you also have gears turning in the heads of nefarious people."

**VIDEO 2 BBC Click: With the popularity of drones growing rapidly over the last 12 months there's now even a contest. Drone pilots can test their skills in flying their machines around an obstacle course at speeds of 60 mph (100 kph). BBC Click's Marc Cieslak finds out more.