Star Wars Inspired Remote Controlled Drone Racing Through the Woods

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Fans of the Star Wars movie series certainly are familiar with Pod racing. Fans were first introduced to the concept in 1983’s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi when there was a terrific chase scene on the fictional moon of Endor. We got a great look at Pod racing again in 1999’s largely forgettable Episode I: The Phantom Menace in what is largely considered one of the few good things about the prequel film.

Star Wars Inspired Remote Controlled Drone Racing Through the Woods

There’s no question that the Pod scenes are nearly as cool as the light saber duels. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve surely daydreamed about driving Pods in real life. Like, seriously, how cool would that be?

Well those days are closer to reality than you might think. We’ll get to more of that in a second. First, it’s important to let you know why Pod racing is more reality than pipe dream. Drones. Yes, drones. Also known as “UAVs,” or “unmanned aerial vehicles,” drones have been used for things like deploying supplies to citizens in war torn countries, border security, military spying and other surveillance purposes.

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Drones are also the reason why Pod racing may be on the rise. Take a recent event that occurred in the woods of France, for instance. Organized by Airgonay, a quadcopter racing fanatic association, two dozen experienced drone pilots gathered for the event to race their “Pods” through an obstacle course, using remote control and relying on a front-facing camera installed on the drone for maneuvering purposes. So while the participants aren’t exactly sitting on the drones and racing them through the course, they’re doing the next best thing in controlling them remotely.

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