Racing Technology

Technology is core to every element of drone racing, from the design of the drones to the way video is transmitted from the drone to the pilot. There are three major pieces of equipment: Drones, goggles and controllers.

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What’s so special about a racing drone?

Racing drones are designed for forward flight, and they have a camera positioned on the front of the chassis. They are specifically designed for speed, agility and durability. They use high performance Electronic Speed Controllers which modulate the amount of power that goes to motors, allowing them to speed up quickly or slow down suddenly. Flight controllers on racing drones contain a simple hardware, with most of the performance coming from software that offers minute adjustments to perfect and tune. The frame is built from sturdy, light weight carbon fiber and made to withstand impact.

About the DRL Racer2

The DRL Racer2 is custom built for professional racing and measures in at 255mm. A carbon fiber frame protects electronic components and includes an integrated HD camera mount. Ultra-bright LED’s surround the drone for visibility and pilot identification. Racer2 is being used for the 2016 season.

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ESCs & Motors

Rotorgeek 20A electronic speed controller paired with Cobra 2204 2300kv motors account for 3.3 kilograms of thrust.

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Flight Controller

Racer1 uses open source software, Cleanflight, which allows for high performance flight and precise control.

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Power Distribution Board

The center of the Racer1 is a single PCB which contains all components.

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Pilot Colors

RGB LEDs surround the drone for pilot identification and audience visibility.

About the DRL Racer1

The DRL Racer1 starred in Level 0: Gates of Hell. Racer1 features HD FPV and sends crystal clear video to the pilot and audience. It uses large motors, big propellors and was designed for high voltage batteries (22.8v) to carry the extra weight.

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ESCs & Motors

Rotorgeek 30A electronic speed controller paired with Cobra 2208 2000kv motors account for 4.6 kilograms of thrust.

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Flight Controller

Racer1 uses open source software, Cleanflight, which allows for high performance flight and precise control.

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Power Distribution Board

The center of the Racer1 is a single PCB which contains all components.

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Pilot Colors

RGB LEDs surround the drone for pilot identification and audience visibility.

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