Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
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.
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.
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.