Drone Racing Star Wars Style
Written by Harry Fairhead   
Saturday, 18 October 2014

Drones are fun, but still a technology in search of a killer application. Perhaps we have just found it - Star Wars style pod racing.

If you have seen the first Star Wars movie where they race on hover bikes through a forest then perhaps you have been waiting for a commercial hover bike. However, a French quadcopter group might have a better solution - drone racing with FPV. 

First find yourself a forest that you can use as a race track. As well as looking like the original movie scene, this has the advantage of providing a challenge to the drone pilot with overhanging branches and confusing light - as if the task wasn't difficult enough.

The FPV part of the description stands for First Person View. A camera mounted on the front of the drone links back to a pair of video glasses that the pilot wears to see what the drone sees. The pilot then flies the drone without actually seeing the drone for real. 

 

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To see how it all looks watch this video. The commentary is in French, but there are reasonable captions in English if you select them: 

 

What can you say after that. 

It looks fun to say the least and if you are a programmer you must be thinking that there are things you could do to make the whole thing better. A better quality digital video link? Some sort of image stabilization? Virtual reality race markers added in real time? Stats on how other players are doing? The list goes on. 

 

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There seems to be an intention of holding an international race sometime soon and I can't see why drone racing with FPV shouldn't catch on everywhere. 

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