Last weekend drone racing bought its first huge break on the faculty circuit, because the inaugural US College Drone Racing Championship passed off at Purdue University, Indiana.
Supported by MultiGP and The Academy of Model Aeronautics, the 2017 Collegiate Drone Racing Champions featured members from 27 schools and universities, with 48 pilots in complete. It’s hoped that the occasion may have laid the foundations for a collegiate collection beginning subsequent 12 months.
You can see footage from the day’s motion under:
The pilots have been all competing with racing drones constructed from scratch – a far cry from the likes of the Drone Racing League, which lately launched its newest Racer3 for its impending second season. Speaking of DRL, the pilot that led the profitable crew from Georgia Tech at the faculty championships, Nick Willard, has really competed for the skilled group.
In complete, Georgia Tech took dwelling $15,000 in tools and prizes for first place. University of California, Berkeley, got here in second and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, completed third. Purdue got here fourth total, so it wasn’t a foul day for the hosts.
Speaking to DroneLife, president of the Purdue University drone membership mentioned that “The purpose of the competition is to drive towards making collegiate drone racing more popular and to show the public how cool STEM and drone-related activities can be.”
Despite 20mph winds making for difficult racing circumstances, the occasion went easily. “It was a fantastic event. It was a bit windy, but I think everyone had a good time. It was great for Purdue to host the first ever. Congratulations to Georgia Tech – they had a great day today.”
The occasion was additionally focused towards spectators, with video goggles obtainable permitting onlookers to faucet into stay racing, together with flight simulators and large display screen stay streams of the motion.