The Future of Drone Racing

If you've never heard of it, drone racing can be one of the coolest things to do as a hobby. With drones hitting speeds of over 160km/h, it sure is something to watch. Their specially built bodies, rotors, and FPV control just add to the experience. Check out this video and you'll see what we're talking about.

Right now, the drone racing industry is still a niche market but its expansion and growth has been quite prevalent over the past few years. For instance, last year the first World Drone Prix was hosted in Dubai with a prize pool of a hefty one million dollars. 150 pilots battled for 32 spots in the finals in this huge race with British teen Luke Bannister, taking home first place.

This isn't the only event, though. Numerous organizations have formed to facilitate this expansion and host tournaments. Freedom Class, MultiGP, and the Drone Racing League (DRL) are just a few of them from the hundreds more. Along with that, there have been tons of courses custom built for these competitions. Check out this awesome looking one in Las Vegas:

Even ESPN decided to give drone race broadcasting a chance. They agreed with the Drone Racing League on airing 10, one hour episodes on ESPN. To find out more, check out the full article here. With huge sport broadcasting stations like ESPN taking interest in drone racing, who knows what will lie next?

So yes, drone racing has been expanding exponentially over the course of the past few years. The global aerial drone market is predicted to have an unbelievable, estimated 3 billion dollar market by the year 2024 (source). And hopefully, soon enough, they will break out of the niche market they're in to help their expansion.

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What are your thoughts on the expansion of drone racing? Have you ever done it before? What was it like? We'd love to hear any feedback in the comments below.

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