Alright, You want to race? Let’s race.
- How do you start?
Each competitor, depending on the race type, will start in a stationary position on the ground behind the starting line. A timer or buzzer will then start the race. Each competitor will be situated in the pilot area and won’t leave until the race is safe/complete to do so.
- What happens during play
- Play participation (fly between designated zones)
Each pilot will aim to fly as fast and successfully as they can through the course. A designated area is specified and the idea is that each lap will either be counted down or time will be taken. The aim is to have the least amount of crashes and the quickest time by the end of the race.
- How do you win lose?
Either the winner will be the first person out of the race, or the pilot with the quickest time (either around the course or over the 100metres.
As the sport has no official set list of rules, I’m going to offer some guidelines and integrate what’s popular within the drone racing league currently. Firstly, there are 3 common types of category normally that include:
Micro / 150
Suited to beginners and indoor racing events.
• Up to 150mm (measured diagonally from motor to motor)
• 4 motors
• 2-cell LiPo battery
Mini / 250
Currently the most popular class for FPV racing.
• Up to 250mm
• 5″ props
• 4 motors
• 3- or 4-cell LiPo battery
Fewer restrictions for faster races (and more spectacular crashes).
• Up to 300mm
• 6″ props
• 4 motors
For my University drone racing league, I’ve done some extensive research and I’m hoping to attract beginners and people who are new to the whole concept of not just racing the drones but the mechanics themselves. So I’m going to focus on the Micro/150 category and a RTF (ready-to-fly) drone so that people can simply turn it on and go. So the drone that will be required by the participant will be a Hubsan X4 Quadcopter with FPV Camera approx.. $170, cheap and popular starter mini-drone; complete w/ 720p FPV camera, controller and excellent software. The ideal goal I want from this game is for the participants to gain an expertise and have fun with it. I decided that the ARF drones that have to be sources and built is for a more experienced user, and ultimately more expensive. If new people come crashes are inevitable and if the drones are sourced or brought by participants the costs for damages might put people off joining in.
Those prepared to pay extra can look into these particular drones:
Storm Type A Racing Drone (http://bestdroneforthejob.com/drone-reviews/storm-type-a-racing-drone/)popular and affordable, the Storm Type A mini-quad (250mm class) is a lot of fun and a great value. Lots of upgrades are available. No soldering required. $360
Lumenier QAV250-G10-RTF Mini Quadcopter RTF (http://www.amazon.com/Lumenier-QAV250-G10-RTF-Mini-Quadcopter-Black/dp/B00OCJCZ1M?tag=dronesforall-20) a popular high performance RTF racing drone; 250 mm class; highly-rated; plenty of mods available. Not for beginners, though. $550-$650
Depending on the numbers, there could be separate events/races for these
So you’ve got the drone. This event will be held for beginners so any advanced classes will have to be in a separate event.
- Participant must fly the drone with the FPV equipment on the remote controls (no goggles for legal purposes)
- The drone must stay within the confines of the track (detailed in diagram)
- There mustn’t be any participants intoxicated or under the effects of illicit substances
- The pilots must be able to take off and land vertically (prior expertise will be shown)
- The drone mustn’t leave the grounds where the track is located or be flown over/through large crowds of people
- Pilots cannot walk onto the course whilst the race is underway, if you crash you must wait until the end of the race.
- Pilots must not interfere with other pilots aircraft or equipment
- Handle batteries with car when taking them out and charging them
University personnel will be contact about the possibility of creating a course over an oval/field or grass space. The idea is that an oval or field has a distinct fenced area where the public can be re-directed. It’s also a large open space that allow for a safer course. The course could be decorated with UOW flag banners as obstacles, as well as tunnels made out of pipe line or pool noodles. There will be set markers that the device will follow in order to complete the circuit. If not perhaps local electronics businesses could have their banners around the place (jb hi fi, jaycar etc.) If not, these will have to be sourced and the cheapest version of them will be used.
(My intended course)
Two or more racers compete at the same time to see who crosses the finish line first.
A race between two or more drone racers at the same time, to see which one accelerates over a short distance the fastest. Distance is 100 meters.
Each drone runs the course alone. Shortest elapsed time wins.