Red Bull Air Race Tech Talk | The PRU

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To ensure a fair sporting event occurs in the Red Bull Air Race everything has to be measured. There is a unit inside every raceplane called the Position Reporting Unit (PRU), it can measure 40 different parameters at a rate of 1,000 times per second. Technical Director Jim Reed explains all…

About: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best pilots in a motorsports competition based on speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, Red Bull Air Race pilots navigate a low-level aerial race track made up of air filled pylons, flying at speeds reaching 230mph while withstanding forces of up to 10g. The objective is to complete the course, navigating the 65 feet high specially designed inflatable pylons known as Air Gates in the fastest possible time. Red Bull Air Race pilots must pass between the Air Gates in the correct position taking care not to touch them with their wings. The pilots compete for points at each Red Bull Air Race and the one who accumulates the most at the end of the season is crowned Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

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