Racers take to the air for Baltimore Drone Prix

Posted: 7:45 PM, Apr 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-03 10:50:08Z
Racers take to the air for Baltimore Drone Prix

This weekend was the inaugural Baltimore Drone Prix, where racers with pre-made quad-copters piloted their units wearing first-person view goggles.

They fly as fast as possible around a small track -- and it's just like NASCAR, but in the air, according to the co-founder of a drone racing company.

"It's the most fun sport that I've ever found in my entire life," said Tom Wilke, a racer with Expert Drones. "It allows me to be competitive. I used to skateboard when I was a kid and getting hurt kind of sucked. So now we don't have to get hurt, but we still get to push to the edge, super aggressive."

Drone racing is becoming popular around the world, and Global Air Media plans to bring it to Charm City this summer.

The company is starting the city's first drone racing league. Students will be able to build their own drones, race them against each other, then compete for a champion title.

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