Drone Racing Turns ‘Micro’

DR1 Racing and Air Hogs have partnered to launch the DR1 “Micro Series” drone races, which use first-person-view (FPV) drones with two-inch diameters.

According to the partners, the first-ever micro drone race took place on the set of sci-fi television show “Firefly,” where pilots competed in a team race through authentic set pieces and fully lit spaceships from the early 2000s-era show.

The debut of the DR1 Micro Series, presented by Air Hogs, will be shown worldwide later this summer.

Unlike previous full-size-drone races, this type of race deploys tiny drones that can zip in any direction at over 20 mph and have bumpers around the propellers to allow pilots to fly more aggressively, explain the companies, adding that the partnership eases the barrier of entry for consumers to get involved in drone racing.

“This is revolutionary for the sport of drone racing,” says Brad Foxhoven, DR1 founder. “These drones can be flown by anyone, anywhere. We think this can be the catalyst that brings this high-intensity sport of drone racing to the masses.”

Furthering their partnership, DR1 Racing and Air Hogs have also created an FPV toy racing drone, which will be available for consumers at retailers in August.

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