A blend of futuristic technology and timeless thrills, drone racing’s origins can be traced back to the south of France where, in the summer of 2014, some inventive first-person view drone enthusiasts placed LED lights on their craft and raced them along a mountain bike course. The experiment was captured on video, and that video went viral, spawning a new craze.

In just a few years’ time, drone racing has become an industry and sport that is rapidly gaining in popularity with “pilots” both young and old. The first Million Dollar Drone Race held in March 2016 in Dubai was won by a 15 year-old, United Kingdom-based pilot, while America’s two-time MultiGP National Champion, Shaun Taylor just celebrated his 37th birthday.

On October 11th, MIT invites the public to experience drone racing first-hand at the Kendall Square/MIT: Innovation Playground HUBweek event. From noon to 5pm, members of the public can try their hand at an indoor drone racing course comprised of 2D and 3D elements.

Participating attendees will have the opportunity to fly an authentic racing drone using a first-person view, replicating the experience of being in the cockpit, or using a screen, as if they were playing a video game.

Regardless of their viewing selection, pilots will be sure to feel the thrill of drone racing first-hand and embark on the ride of their life. Professional drone racing pilots will be on-hand throughout the event to serve as coaches, in addition to entertaining spectators periodically as the pro’s will “take the skies” and showcase their skills.

Combining technology, aeronautics and sportsmanship, drone racing is an exciting activity for both the technologically savvy and curious. On October 11th you can take flight with drone racing at the Innovation Playground. The event is free and open to the public, so don’t miss out!

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By: Joe Scully, EVP of Race Production, FPV Racing Events

Photo provided by @Multigp