Inaugural Military International Drone Racing Tournament

The inaugural Military International Drone Racing Tournament (MIDRT) will be held in Sydney at historic Victoria Barracks in the lead up to Invictus Games Sydney.

CAPTIONDrone racers, RAAF Officer Cadet Nicholas Eberl, Australian Army members Private Mackenzie Togo, Lieutenant Mark Sheppard and Lieutenant Thomas Gash, and RAAF Flight Sergeant Justin Galbraith, hover their drones over the flight deck of HMAS Canberra, to promote the inaugural Military International Drone Racing Tournament in the lead-up to Invictus Games. Photo by Able Seaman Leo Baumgartner.

Drone racing is the latest in motorsports and requires drone operators to race their custom-built multicopters – most weighing less than 2kg – through a course featuring multiple obstacles.

Each drone has a camera aboard and beams the images to the operator who can see them through a set of goggles worn on the face.

This provides a virtual-reality to the operator as though he or she was actually on board the multicopter.

 

 

Drone racing allows for enthusiasts of all ages to become involved in electronics and aerodynamics and is also a new adaptive sport for those with a disability.

As part of the lead up to the MIDRT, members of the Australian Army Drone Racing Team (ADRT) conducted a demonstration display of skills on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra, docked in Sydney Harbour.

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