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Drone Racing – Sport of the Future goes live on ESPN

Drones ready for the race. (ESPN)
Drones ready for the race. (ESPN)

Could drone racing be the next big thing and take over NASCAR and even the Formula 1? The sport is gaining worldwide popularity as it does provide a more level-playing ground and lower budget range for everyone to experience drone racing.

Even teenagers stand a chance at drone racing. Recently, a British teenager won US$250,000 after placing first in the inaugural World Drone Prix in Dubai beating competition from 150 other teams.

Drone Pilots
Drone Pilots gearing up for the race with goggles that gives them a view from the cockpit experience. (ESPN)

Contestant pilots fly small, multi-propeller aircraft aka drones, at high speeds around a race course to determine the winner. Pilots experience the exhilarating sensation by watching live video from a camera mounted on the front of the aircraft delivered to goggles over the competitors’ eyes.

ESPN is set to broadcast the inaugural US National Drone Championships. (ESPN)
ESPN is set to broadcast the inaugural US National Drone Championships. (ESPN)

The U.S. National Drone Racing Championships will crown the coveted title of fastest drone pilot in the United States held in New York City from August 5-7.

The 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships in October will be streamed live on ESPN3 in the U.S. Tune in to witness jaw-dropping views of both lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

“Drone racing gives anyone the ability to fly like a superhero.“Because everyone can experience the thrill of racing as if they were sitting in the drone cockpit, the sport is skyrocketing,” says Dr. Scot Refsland, Chairman of the IDRA.