Drone racing is hard

Hot on the heels of the last blog, comes a bit of a…. duh, you don’t say…

Turns out flying a drone (using a camera in the drone and a pair of goggles on your head) is hard.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/01/first-person-drone-racing-is-much-harder-than-i-expected/

FPV drone racing (also sometimes known as FPV quadcopter racing) is a new sport that has rapidly grown in popularity over the last couple of years. Usually when you pilot a drone—some kind of DJI Phantom thing, for example—you simply use line of sight or a video feed from an on-board camera displayed on your smartphone or tablet.
In FPV racing, however, a video feed from the drone is transmitted to a pair of goggles that you strap to your face.

Now, I’m fairly good at stuff that requires hand-eye coordination. I’ve flown remote-control stuff before (a glow-plug RC plane!), and usually I’m quick at picking new things up. I also knew that this particular quadcopter had some fancy electronics and gyroscopes on-board to keep the craft level.

But alas, it was all for nought: flying an FPV quadcopter is really hard.

I’m not sure what the author was thinking? That somehow the computer was going to fly the thing for him?
It is the same with any skill in life, it takes time to learn.

I have not ventured back into the world of RC aircraft (or drones) because of this one single reason, I know it is going to take a solid time commitment to get ‘good’ at it again, and I am just not ready to give it that time. (Yet).

So, yeah, this blog is not about learning to race drones, it is about considering the true cost of any hobby or skill that you want to acquire.
If you are not prepared to put in the time, then perhaps you can consider writing articles about how hard it is instead.

And no, the video is not sped up, these things are fast!


One Response to Drone racing is hard

  1. The thing is, it looks rather easy but anyone who has ever raced a drone knows its genuinely really hard and requires lots of effort to perfect.