Drone pilots of the Airgonay drone club took their vehicles to a dense forest in the French Alps to recreate a Star Wars pod race in real-life. A total of 24 competitors raced their drones through the 150 m (492 ft) course, made entirely up of quadcopters and multicopters customized for an optimal balance of speed and agility. There were many obstacles, including trees, rival drones, low-hanging branches and even a few lighting issues, but that didn’t stop the racers, as they darted through the forest at speeds as high as 50 km/h (31 mph). Continue reading for the video and more information.
“Competing in groups of four, the pilots viewed all the action through goggles, which were fed a stream from micro-cameras built into the front of the drones. The race required them to complete three laps, something Pellarin described as quite an achievement given the inherent difficulties in flying drones through thick forest at high speeds,” says Gizmag.