Technology plays a very important role right from designing the drone to the mechanism of the hardware controller that the pilot uses to guide the drone and the transmission of the live feed of the camera on the drone to goggles that the pilot wears. Drone racing is catching the pulse of the racing enthusiasts and audience pretty fast. The captivating nature of the sport is making it one of the most fancied sports of this generation with a considerable count of think-tanks investing quite a lot into the technological aspect of these drones. Let’s check out the main aspects of the technology behind working of drones.
Drones work on the basis of four fundamental technological aspects.
The technology of the first-person view may be novel to the concept of drones, but it has been into existence for quite some time now. This video system transmits live video feed from a camera present on the chassis of the drone to special immersive goggles that the pilot uses to maneuver the drone with more precision. It is easier for people who have spent a lot of time playing video games in first person mode. For people using this drone technology for the first time, it doesn’t take much time to adapt as the field of vision of the drone presents a view similar to what the human eye would see, provided appropriate cameras are used.
The drones have potent sources of power in the form of batteries and dexterous controllers which mostly takes the help of open source software called CLEANFIGHT which enhances the ability of better performance in flight and more precision. The use of efficient motor blades which are generally arranged in an X-shaped style, although the H-shaped blades are also catching up in popularity. The X-shaped are more efficient in hovering at a particular place, and the H-shaped are the standard ones for racing with specifically sized rotor blades that help in sudden acceleration and changes in speed, a basic requirement of the sport.
Image Transmission Facility
The transmission of the images at high speed enables the pilot to avoid any obstacle that comes in the drone’s way. If the video feed is slow, the pilot will not be able to see the obstacle at the right time, which makes the drone more prone to crashing. There is a power distribution board made by a company called Racer1 which connects all the components together and helps in fast and nimble transmission.
The body of the drone is usually composed of materials which are crash-resistant and made of carbon fibers, one of the most durable materials known. The racing drone frame needs to be strong, and the fabrication should be such that the damages are less on crashing, a very common aspect of drone racing.
Drone racing is slowly becoming a phenomenon, especially amongst today’s youth and a significant amount of money is also pouring in. This revenue generation leads to more capital investment in the technological front, leading to the invention of more advanced drones which can only benefit the sport in the long run.