by on September 11, 2018
Homegrown pilots dominated the 2018 FAI Daegu Drone Race World Cup in Daegu, Korea last weekend, with teenage drone ace JeHyeong Jeon delighting the crowds with a compelling winning performance. Jeon received his prize at the Closing Ceremony held on September 9, at which he was joined by fellow Korean pilots MinChan Kim, ChangHyeon Kang, and YoungRok Son in second, third and fourth places. Held at the South Korean city's World Cup Stadium from September 7 to 9, and hosted by FAI member o...
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by on September 7, 2018
Drones could soon be flown by autonomous AI pilots if Lockheed Martin has any say. The aerospace giant is partnering with ESPN's Drone Racing League to pit humans and AI against one another to see which can navigate a drone through a high-flying course the fastest. Called the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, teams must craft AI system based around Nvidia's Jetson deep learning technology and fly the drone without any pre-programming or human intervention. The first team that can outr...
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by on September 6, 2018
The DRL's new Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge will test AI-infused drones against professionally piloted UAVs. The Drone Racing League (DRL) has officially partnered with aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin for the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge. According to DRL, the competition will challenge teams to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help their autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles defeat a manually piloted drone in a race. The winning teams will r...
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by on September 6, 2018
The Drone Racing League (DRL) will host a series of races and competitions where autonomous drones will try to beat a professional drone pilot. Teams of university students and other drone enthusiasts will be invited to compete for more than $2 million. The Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit will produce four AI vs. AI races in its inaugural season and will use the same video game-inspired courses as the kinds used by pro drone pilots in the DRL Allianz World Championship, ...
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by on September 3, 2018
From racing drones to helping to map the world, the real-time world of drones was on display all weekend at the EPFL Drone Days in Lausanne. As part of a dedicated ‘drone weekend’ at EPFL, a leading technology university in Switzerland, the cutting-edge EPFL Robotics Showcase provided a platform for some of the hottest new ideas and applications in drones, while the EPFL Drone Racing Cup showed off drone racing at its finest. Workshops, demos and a Drone Innovators Session also made it eas...
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by on September 3, 2018
Moritz Werffeli won the EPFL Drone Racing Cup 2018 at the EPFL Drone Days on Sunday 2 September, part of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup Series. The pilot came out top on the final race after three days of competition. Fifty-eight pilots from seven countries took part. Werffeli, 25, from Zurich, Switzerland competes under the nickname ‘Lazy’. “It’s the first FAI race I have attended,” he said. “It was a cool race, cool people, good track. I enjoyed.” Continue https://www.fai.org/news...
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by on August 21, 2018
HAMPTON ROADS, Va - The growing popularity of the Drone Racing League (DRL) continues with the anticipation of the newest season beginning September 6th. Cox Communications is now sponsoring one of the fastest drone pilots on the planet, Wild Willy. For more information please visit droneracingleague.com. #drone #drones #uav #uas #DroneExpert #Tech #DroneOperator #Aviation #MultiRotor #Quadcopter #sUAS #Rpas #DroneRacing #FPV #DRL
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by on August 19, 2018
The high-speed sport of drone racing is taking off in Manitoba. That's according to officials with the local drone-racing league, Winnipeg FPV, which held a regional qualifier Saturday where local pilots raced for a chance to compete nationally. "It's like flying a dragonfly," explained Wally Kroeker, 42, one of Winnipeg FPV's organizers. "It's manoeuvrable, you can stop on a dime and turn the other direction. "And I can do all that, and do risky things, without actually risking my b...
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by on August 8, 2018
Junior drone racers are dominating this year’s FAI Drone Racing World Cup so far, with young pilots claiming the first three spots on the leader board after the first 11 events. Korean JoonWeon Choi, 16, is in pole position, followed by 17-year-old Thomas Grout of France in second place, and Poland’s Jan Wielgosz, 18, in third. Their journeys to the top of the field have been marked by success at different contests. Choi’s best performance was in Bali in April, where he came first to win a...
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by on August 3, 2018
Sacramento’s Aaron Jilg is one of the lucky attendees at the biggest drone speed race in California history, featuring competitors from around the globe. He’s still buzzing after the winners are crowned inside the Golden 1 Center, overlooking the futuristic course. “Today was absurd!” Jilg says, after Team Elefun, featuring members from Norway and Sweden, claim the biggest chunk of the $25,000 pot. “I’ve never seen anything like this [competition]. So fast and so accurate — this could definit...
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