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BBN COVERS DRONE RACING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Piper's leading high school sports media program was there at DRL's biggest event.

 

Anngelie Gomez-Muñoz

Renette Antoine

February 28, 2023



BBN with DRL Pilots // Courtesy: BBN

Last Saturday, BBN was granted the opportunity to cover the world’s professional drone racing competition for elite pilots, Drone Racing League (DRL). The last race of the season took place in Miami and with over 10,000 spectators, this is DRL’s biggest audience yet. A combination of virtual and physical, DRL consists of custom-built obstacles and first-person view (FPV) with-you guessed it-drones. DRL is a dream competition for pilots all around the world and only the best of the best make the cut.


Inside look at the inside of LoanDepot Park set with the race course // Courtesy: BBN

Now, how is it that pilots are able to control their drones? The way drone racing works is pilots are equipped with goggles that contain cameras which stream the live feed from the drones, its similar to virtual reality except the drones are physically there and you cannot click “restart” when you crash. Just like most competitions, the goal is to maneuver through obstacles and successfully complete the course first. BBN had the exclusive opportunity to interview the pilots before the big race and get inside knowledge on not only the preparation process, but how the pilots got into DRL to begin with.

A combination of virtual and physical, DRL consists of custom-built obstacles and first-person view (FPV) with-you guessed it-drones.

The first pilot we interviewed was Halowalker, a Germany-based competitor who’s been drone racing since 2018 and in DRL since 2021. Halowalker joined DRL as a fan and took inspiration from his idols (who he would now be competing against) and describes drone racing as speed and consistency.

“Drone racing is a tough sport, there’s so many elements that go into this. Speed is very high, so you must have a lot of precision, your reaction time has to be high.” - HALOWALKER
BBN Correspondent Renette Antoine interviews DRL pilot HALOWALKER // Courtesy: BBN

Another pilot who BBN interviewed was MCKFPV, a South Korea-based DRL rookie who has been drone racing since he was 12 years old. Although MCK had competed in multiple drone races before, he describes DRL to be a lot more challenging. “The drones are heavier and bigger and it's so easy to crash with other pilots.” This being MCK’s first year in DRL, he tries not to let the nerves get the best of him and describes confidence as the key to success.

Over 10,000 people in the audience watching the DRL championship // Courtesy: BBN

Walking into the stadium, the audience was filled with excitement for the race. With merch, glowsticks and popcorn, they were more than ready to cheer on their favorite pilots. The commentators never failed to keep the crowd engaged and hosted pop quizzes, giveaways, and provided a fan cam throughout intermissions of the race. The experience overall was eventful and educational. We would like to thank DRL for giving BBN exclusive press access and interview opportunities with the celebrity DRL pilots. For more information on who won the championship check out the DRL racing league website: https://thedroneracingleague.com


The Air Force was invited to the DRL championship // Courtesy: BBN


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