Thrust UAV and PCS Edventures are teaming up to bring you the latest and greatest drone technology. PCS Edventures entered the drone tech space in 2014 and began building a relationship with Thrust. The two companies have collaborated to successfully combine STEM education and FPV racing.
ESPN and the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) have announced a partnership to broadcast drone racing live on TV, starting with a three-day event in New York City this August. The sport is being positioned as the niche interest it still is — with the NYC championship streaming live on online channel ESPN3 before being edited down to a one-hour TV broadcast — but ESPN is certainly dreaming big about its future. “Drone racing is currently seeing an unprecedented rise in popularity,” said the network in a press release, “and is poised to become the next behemoth racing sport alongside NASCAR and Formula 1.”
First Person View (FPV) drone racing, dubbed “the Sport of the Future” enables everyone to become a drone pilot racing at 100MPH through some of the most challenging courses imaginable. A tiny camera, mounted on the front of the racing drone transmits the “cockpit image” seen by the drone back to the individual who is wearing a pair of video display goggles that puts them in the driver’s seat!
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originally published in the International Business Times
First-person view (FPV) drone racing is an extreme sport that is starting to gain huge popularity in many countries, and it’s not surprising that now even major tech companies want to get involved, too.
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In the past two years, smaller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) weighing less than 20kg have finally made their way into the consumer space, but there are still many regulations in place preventing their use in urban areas, which is currently stifling the technology’s potential to become a huge commercial industry for crop monitoring, photography and deliveries…
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In Fall of 2015, PCS Edventures and Thrust-UAV teamed up to produce a digital learning app to help all new drone pilots start flying safely. The brainchild was called Droneology, and thus everyone that completed the course is considered a ready to fly and informed pilot, also known as a Droneologist. The course covers topics such as safety, components of a drone, flight basics, rules and regulations, history of drones and where they will take us in the future.
Beyond operating a drone, the electronics of the bot can seem a bit scary at first, especially if you aren’t an Electrical Engineer! But have no fear, because Droneology also lays out quite simply the basics behind multirotor rigs. From flight controllers, to receivers, to ESCs and more, it brings the novice up to speed on the basics of a drone. In addition to learning the inner workings of a UAV, in order to complete Droneology training, the user has to master proper safety measures.
Before beginning to fly, it’s important to understand the controls and what could go wrong. Understanding how throttle, pitch, yaw and roll work with one another to steer a multirotor is difficult and requires practice, so Droneology encourages the use of a flight simulator before taking out a real drone! This reduces the risk of potential pilots crashing their first drone, which could cause harm and discourage the pilot from continuing with the hobby.
As a leader in STEM education, PCS Edventures uses this unique course to prepare hobbyists and students alike, as the world of FPV drone racing continues to grow in popularity. For more information on the app, and how to purchase, check out droneology.tech and get flying!