Breaking down a racing drone

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service

Details of a drone seen in the pilots area during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

Aussie pilot Ross Kerker explains how a custom built drone takes on a race track.

Red Bull DR.ONE is in full swing at the Krone E-Mobility Play Days in Spielberg as 18 drone racers from 15 countries battle it out for the maiden title.

They are racing their drones at the Red Bull Ring at speeds of up to 150km/h on a custom-built track with precision gates, high speed sections, 800°C hot fire blazes and strong air bursts.

Ross Kerker of Australia seen during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

Aussie pilot Ross Kerker, who races under the name rekreK, explains ‘it is a steep learning curve to get good at’ and details here five things about his drone and how he keeps it on track.

1. A racing drones main purpose is to go as fast as possible with maximum agility to navigate corners.

Drones fly during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

2. It has four motors which are all individually controlled. By changing the speed of each motor it allows the pilot to pitch forwards, roll left and right, swivel, and incline or decline.

3. The drone is controlled by a remote with two sticks, each which have four channels. That allows us to make the drone go anywhere we want it to.

4. Since we do 0-150kph in less than a second, you can’t keep up with your normal eyes. A camera on the front films and sends a live video signal through an antenna at the back which is received by the goggles we wear. The goggles display the feed from the camera live, in first person.

5. The racing drones weigh around 500g and are all custom made. Every component is something I have selected or helped design so it will perform at its maximum.


Drone flies during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017 – Photographer Credit:
Armin Walcher / Red Bull Content Pool
A drone catches fire after a crash during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool
Drones fly during the Red Bull DR.ONE in Spielberg, Austria on September 29, 2017.

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