Drone Racing Is Totally A Thing And The European Championship Is Kicking Off In Malta

Tiny, mean flying machines are coming

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Malta will be hosting the first European Drone Racing Championship qualifier of its 2017 season on the 24th and 25th of March.

The latest phenomenon to take the e-sport world by storm, drone racing has seen a rapid increase in popularity over the last couple of years. Participants wear VR googles to be able to have a first person view of their own drones as they navigate around a racetrack filled with stunt modules. The small but mean flying machines reach top speeds of over 170km/h in less than two seconds. Yes, you read that right.

The event, which will also include a freestyle competition and a night finals broadcast on television, will be going down at the Ta' Qali Race Track, right next to the MFCC, and the racetrack looks insane. Malta Drone Nationals has already shared the full list of rules and regulations for any pilot entering the race.

The ERSA European Drone Championship is part of the Malta Robotics Olympiad 2017, a free two-day technology event being organized by the Ministry for Education and Employment. The full programme includes over 50 exhibitors and five other major events all under one roof at the MFCC in Ta' Qali.

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David Grech Urpani

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