You’ve seen drone races in stadiums and parking garages, but drones are about to race into the Big Apple.
The world’s first drone race to be set against the New York City skyline is happening on July 30 and 31. Dubbed The Liberty Cup, it will host 100 pilots who are competing for prizes.
Drone racing is a new sport in which pilots fly their drones at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour using first-person view (FPV) technology, enabling pilots and the audience to experience the flight of the drone firsthand, in real time, from the birdlike point of view of the drone. The two-day event, sponsored by the creators of the New York City Drone Film Festival, will also include demos on building drones and flight simulation
“Drone racing has similarities with other extreme sports but is a unique experience that almost defies categorization,” said race director Randy Scott Slavin, executive director of Yeah Drones and founder of the NYC Drone Film Festival
. “Cars are bound by gravity so the tracks are two-dimensional. Drones don’t have that restriction, so The Liberty Cup will be less like NASCAR and more like a freewheeling rollercoaster ride in the sky.”
The races will be held at The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.