Drone racing is a sport where remote-controlled aircraft (usually quadcopters) are piloted around short courses at high speeds.
A drone racing course.
Pilots steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing FPV goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard state-of-the-art camera, opening up a new world of unparalleled flight experience.
This video below – taken from the DRL which boasts some of the world’s most-skilled pilots battling to complete the courses and avoid obstacles in the quickest time possible – shows just how thrilling the sport can be.
Drone racing doesn’t just need to be staged in stadiums though. You can compete almost anywhere, turning your local park or garden into a race track with the right equipment and some imagination.
However, it is important to stay legal and fly responsibly and adhere to the Drone Code. This includes flying no more than 400ft above the surface and staying well away from manned aircraft, airports and airfields.
The popularity in the UK alone is demonstrated by this map, courtesy of fpvuk.org, with the coloured pins indicating things such as FPV racing clubs and interested flyers.
Because races often involve a number of pilots, this sport is incredibly social. It can also be very exciting for spectators, particularly if big screens are available to give them the live pilot’s view in real-time.
One of the most exciting things about drone racing is the speed of the drones themselves, with some of the world’s best pilots flying quadcopters through 3D courses at speeds of up to 120mph.
However, the top speed of your drone will be factored by a combination between motor, propeller and weight, as well as your battery. Here is a breakdown of what these elements are.
Frame: The frame is the main structure of the drone where the other components are mounted onto. The frame is usually a lightweight x-shaped section made from carbon fibre.
Motors: The motors are mounted to the arms of the frame ready to power the propellers. Generally, brushless motors are used for FPV drones because they offer high power outputs and efficiency.
Propellers: Racing drones tend to have 3-bladed propellers, which come in varying pitches depending on the power and weight of the drone. The propellers are spun at high speeds by the motors to generate thrust.
Flight Controller (FC): This is the brain of any drone. In short, it converts the inputs the pilot makes on the controller sticks into signals for the electronic speed controllers (ESC), while also taking into account data from a gyroscope and flight algorithms. FCs can be linked up to software in order to customise drone properties and influence how they respond to specific inputs detected by the gyroscope.
Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC): The ESC interprets the electrical signal generated by the FC and provides the appropriate current to each motor to produce thrust. 4-in-1 speed controllers are now commonly in use, offering improvements in drone weight and design.
Batteries: Lithium polymer batteries (LiPo) contain a high discharge rate and energy density, which makes them ideal for FPV drones. LiPo batteries are also lightweight, making them suitable for an FPV drone setup.
Racing drones are built for speed, agility and performance and skilled pilots are able to perform a variety of tricks, including flips and corkscrews.
Nimbus VTOL is a Vertical Take-off and Landing airplane, in this version, we equip 28kg high speed tilting servos, with the newly upgraded system, the plane can hover like a multicopter more steadily and take off and land in very heavy wind.
The highlight of Nimbus V2 is the wind resistant feature. It means that when the plane is in multicopter positioning mode, or in Auto mode, during taking off and landing stage, the two tilting motors will tilt to a certain level to compensate the wind, that keeps your plane much stable and also give you much better safty during landing and taking off stage. With the newly upgraded motors, the max flying speed can reach 35m/s, the average speed is 15m/s to 16m/s, and the stall speed is 10m/s-11m/s.
Version: Nimbus VTOL V2
Suggested Payload: 800g
Total Weight: 2.85kg(no battery)
Max. Flying Height: 3500m
Max. Flying Speed: 35m/s
Average Speed: 15m/s to 16m/s
Stall Speed: 10m/s to 11m/s
Max Wind Resistance: ≤10.7m/s
Mapping Accuracy: Centimeter
Suggested Battery: 6S 12000mah Lipo Battery; 6S 16000mAh Li-ion Battery and 6S 2200mAh Lipo Battery
-Take off and land vertically like a multicopter.
-Great Wind Resistant Feature
-Go waypoints & click-go automatically in either fixed wing or multicopter mode.
-No launching rail or parachute needed, launching directly from an area as small as 4x4m
-Do mapping jobs by designing in ground station.
-In case there is any failure on ailerons, elevators, Nimbus VTOL mapping version can switch to multicotper mode to save the plane.
Your Purchase Includes:
1x Nimbus VTOL V2 White Version/Grey Version
2x 28kg Servo
2x X3520 KV520
1x 4112 KV400
1x Hobbywing XRotor 40A ESC(no BEC)
2x Hobbywing XRotor Pro 50A
1x 1380 Propeller
1x 1755 MARKII Matte Propeller
1x Px4 Air Speedometer
1x ASSAN 8A UBEC
1x DK32S 16-Channel Radio Controller
1x Pixhawk 2.1 Standard Set with Here 2 GNSS
Contact: Fly Dragon Drone Tech.
Email: export at dronefromchina.com
Add: NO. 9 Dayu Road PiDu distric, ChengDu 611730, China