Drone racing is a relatively new sport that revolves around the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to navigate through an obstacle course at high speeds. The sport has leagues of its own, and is officially sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the world governing body of aerial sports.
Racers control their drones using a remote control. They remain in a stationary position and view their drones progress using a first person viewing device. These are usually a pair of goggles or a tablet.
The rules for drone racing vary from league to league. The Drone Racing League (DRL) stipulates that all racers use the same model of drone, and the league itself supplies racers with parts and backups. By contrast, the MultiGP, another drone racing league, allows racers to build their own drones using whatever parts they wish. To compensate for the variety of models, drones are separated into different classes based on their specifications.
Drone racing leagues have recently begun airing on ESPN. The sport has gathered a great deal of exposure considering its youth, but it has yet to achieve any level of prestige. This has been a problem for the leagues as funding is difficult to obtain for such an obscure sport.
In regards to the actual races, they are quite a spectacle to behold. The drones are decorated with lights, giving them a very impressive look as they zoom across the obstacles courses. Although the races are conducted through a first person view, they are also broadcast on screens for spectators to observe. From this point of view, they are reminiscent of the aerial dogfights seen commonly in Star Wars movies. Perhaps it is for this reason that drone racing has taken off as a sport.