Point-Of-View Drone Racing Through The Woods Like Star Wars Speeder Bikes/Pods

October 16, 2014

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This is a video of a group of French drone hobbyists racing quadrocopters (and other variants) through the woods with the help of on-board cameras and video goggles. It looks like fun. Especially if those copters were outfitted with POWERFUL LASER WEAPONS capable of F***ING SHIT UP.

Twenty-four competitors raced their drones through the 150 m (492 ft) course, the field made up of quadcopters and multicopters customized for an optimal balance of speed and agility. Having to contend with obstacles such as trees, rival drones, low-hanging branches and sharp contrasts in lighting, the racers darted through the forest at speeds as high as 50 km/h (31 mph).


Competing in groups of four, the pilots viewed all the action through goggles, which were fed a stream from micro-cameras built into the front of the drones. The race required them to complete three laps, something Pellarin described as quite an achievement given the inherent difficulties in flying drones through thick forest at high speeds.

I don't think I'd be able to do it, I get motion-sick pretty easy. Even just walking I start to feel queasy. "You just use that an excuse to lay in bed all day." You're not my doctor. "Look again." Oh shit, Doctor Stephenson - - what are you doing here?! Did you get my blood test results? "Yes, and if you don't stop masturbating you're going to go blind." Wait, like, FOREVER? "Yes." Damn. Well I guess I should get used to swinging one of those sticks around.

Keep going for two videos, the second of which is almost all POV scenes and crashes.

Thanks to Animal, hands down one of my favorite Muppets and a great drum player.

  • Jeff

    So, do these guys build these drones by hand, or can you buy them? Is there a kit you use to build them or what? How does one acquire one of these drones?

  • Harley Mann

    they build them by hand, I dont know about a kit, but you can just order the parts, fabricate a body, build it, whatever, I saw soem dudes who build em to "fight" andfd they meade one that survived a shotgun blast... so, you know, you build your ownlightsaber, podracer, or drone racer/fighter....

  • Fraser Munro

    There are several chassis available, and several companies that will build them to order for you - Porket racer 240 is one of the models featured here (and is the variant i have decided to go with), others include the Blackout Mini H and the Lumenier QAV250, prices roughly work out at £100-200 for the frame, basic radio equipment costs are about £200, motors and electronics another £150 or so, FPV goggles and video equipement about another £300, upgrading the whole system to long range UHF is another £200-300 or so, battteries and chargers will cost you about £150 or more, its not a cheap hobby, it all adds up very fast!

  • nanCY

    Kinda wondered what happened to the high school members of the glee club, chess club and math club.

  • Konstantin

    I have a feeling this will be bigger than Formula 1 eventually.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    WIPEOUT!!

  • Konstantin

    Essentially. I don't know if weapons/powerups would be mainstream, but even without that insanity, this isn't feasible as a pilot-safe sport once you go 3D on the tracks. With drones, though, doesn't have to be.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    This is brilliant!

  • Jason Christopher

    I wish I had the disposable income to do things like this.

  • asdfasdf

    I'm a bit greedy...I wish I had disposbale income to do things like this with real (modified with cameras and remote control) cars.

  • GeneralDisorder

    If you're gonna dream big go with full size helicopters.

  • Oh this is too damn cool. I really like this.

  • Shawn Bibby

    Ohh fuck ya!!

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