Drone Racing takes flight as Spectator Sport

Drone pilots are competing in a new high-tech sport that’s taking off around the world.

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The race is on in this Silicon Valley warehouse. These drone pilots are competing in a new high-tech sport that’s taking off around the world.

The pilots steer custom-built quad copters through this obstacle course at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

They wear first-person-view goggles that let them see from the drone’s perspective.

Racing is a labour of love for many pilots. Many are born tinkerers, and spend hours customising their drones with new parts or building them from scratch.

Some say they’ve spent more than $10,000 USD on frames, motors, batteries, propellers and camera mounts.

In March, Dubai hosted the World Drone Prix with $250,000 USD prize that was won by 15-year-old Luke Bannister of England.

The International Drone Racing Association recently announced a deal with ESPN to live stream its upcoming races, but observers say race organisers still need to improve the spectator experience.

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