Drone Racing

Thus far, this site had been mentioned about drones stretching from those for beginners to intermediary ones. It was also in relation to the pure excitement of being able to fly it and perhaps the photographic experience that comes along with it. However, there is one other aspect that needs to be covered and that is drone racing. For those who seek a little more excitement or perhaps even a little more competitiveness, then you should try your hand at drone racing.

So, what is drone racing? It involves piloting your drones through a prepared course at high speed in pursuit of the finish line. Obviously the first step in becoming a drone racer is to purchase a drone and learn to fly it. Based on the type of race, the competition could encompass complex course with a variety of obstacles. You, therefore, need to be very confident in your piloting ability.

Also known as FPV races (FPV stands for First Person Video), the pilot requires a drone with a camera and some form of a goggle (or head mounted displays) which provides the pilot with live camera streaming. The first FPV drone races started as amateur competitions in Australia and New Zealand. These competitions were called Rotorcross.

Check out the following videos and Fly Safe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idyj-Op3gdU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ0viMxYDA4

 

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The Alpine Griffon-01 Drone

The Alpine Griffon 01 drone comes out of the box fully assembled. The propeller guards can easily be attached with the screw driver and screws that comes along in the box. The 3.7V 550mAh battery that comes along with the AG 01 offers about 7-10 minutes of flying time and takes about 70 minutes to fully recharge. The AG 01 is controlled using a remote controller with your smartphone attached to it for visual. I downloaded an app called Wifi UFO from the play store which seemed to work well. Unfortunately, the instructions that came with the box was in Chinese. The drone is small and light and therefore you need to be careful if its windy; for it becomes quite erratic and difficult to control. The buttons on the RC is not marked and therefore you need to memorise the various functions until you become familiar with them. There is a retractable panel on the top where you place your smartphone, but I found that its quite restricted and may not be able to accommodate wider body smartphones. Otherwise, the standard two thumb-style joysticks, one which controller the drone’s throttle and yaw, and the other which controls the forward, backward, upward, and downward movement of the drone is quite obvious. There is a button that can be pressed for “headless” flight mode, which means the drone can be flown without reference to its front or back. The video and camera functions are ergonomically well positioned in the centre of the drone’s remote control. The Alpine Griffon Drone also includes push-button flips and rolls. To fly, first turn on the drone, then the RC. Bring both joysticks to the bottom right to calibrate the RC and the drone. This should then be followed by pushing the left joystick up and down. It is now ready to fly. Fly Safe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJOJbdcrBag

 

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First Ever Drone Parachute Jump

Drones, other then those used by the military, have always been associated with aerial photography. It has always been considered as a platform to carry sophisticated cameras to take great shots from the air. Multi-rotors are now creeping into extreme sports as well. They have been used for snowboarding and surfing; and now Aerones drone company from Latvia came up with a powerful drone designed to be used by firefighters and search and rescue teams. Its capable of carrying a person. On May 12, 2017 Aerones’s 28 propellered drone lifted Ingus Augstkalns to a height of 330 metres from where he jumped and landed using a parachute. Enjoy and Fly Safe

Fastest Drone Sets World Record

The Drone Racing League, on July 13, 2017 set a world record with their RacerX quadcopter earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The RacerX is a prototype that runs on 1300mAh batteries with its motors generating 46,000 RPMs. Although capable of achieving speeds up to 179.3 mph, it only managed 163.5 mph on the day of the record setting by Guinness World Records. Fly Safe

 

The TIANQU Visuo XS809W

Here is another DJI Mavic clone quad-copter. Comes in two colours i.e. black or grey. I thought it looked great in black with the gold markings on it. Its batteries are proprietary and provides about 10 to 11 minutes of flight. Its a beginner quad with some fancy advance modes to help beginners to fly it. It has auto take off and land, altitude hold, return to home, headless mode and do flips. But these facilities are dependent on the model you procure. It does not have a micro SD card on the drone, which means that all your videos and photos will be saved on your smartphone. It also comes with three speeds to fly it.Its priced at RM366.60 on 11 Street. Check out the video and Fly Safe

 

Historical Klang

Went to Klang town in Selangor,  to take a few shots of some of the many historical places that abounds it. Started of with a church, a school and a warehouse when it started to drizzle and had to call it a day.

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The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was declared open in 1928

 

 

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Next was the Convent School that is located just beside the Church of our Lady of Lourdes.

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Proceeded to an old warehouse called Gedung Raja Abdullah or Raja Abdullah Warehouse.

 

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