Nobody really knows who started the present FPV drone-racing revolution. All we know that around 2013 as the technology allowed to use more sophisticated gyroscopes, accelerometers and electronic compasses to keep the quad (4), hexa (6) or even octo (8) rotor helicopters stabilized smaller and smaller “birds” appeared on the remote controlled aircraft market. It seems that the size of 250mm (distance between diagonal motor axis) frame provided enough interior space to allow for the installation of FPV transmitter, FPV camera, antenna, controller, strong enough speed controllers and battery to ensure a 7-15 minutes flight time. Since it started, the drone-racing has gone a long way. 2 years later there is already an industry starting to emerge around this subject. Manufacturers offering drones for racing, others offering drone racing circuits indoors or outdoors. There are lots of options out there and if you are just joining the crowd, feel free to read through this article which will supply you with all the info required to jump into this hobby and start racing just in a few days.
To avoid a long article which is boring from the beginning to the end, I decided to break this in sections which can be accessed through menus, and can be revisited any time you need. You can skip the items you don’t want to read and jump ahead to the ones you are interested in. I will make an effort to write and finish these articles as we go along and provide you with best practices from those who have built many of these drones – trying to draw you attention to common mistakes and how to avoid them. You can click on the links below – or access the articles from the above Drone Racing menu.
Table of content:
- About the Author
- Before you purchase the first screw
- Racing-drone safety and best practices
- Selecting your racing-drone
- Building a racing-drone
- FPV Equipment and licensing
- Programming, adjusting, setting up
- Introduction to flying, tips on safety
- Participating in races