Drone / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
Although there is not a limitation on the model or make of the drone you bring to the contest it is a good idea to see what other racers are using so that you can also get a suitable machine for this purpose. Here are some of the features you should consider when shopping for a racing drone: Speed: Anything that participates in a racing contest needs to be fast and agile. What good is an extremely sophisticated machine with all the latest features and a high-resolution camera which is not fast? A rule of thumb is to get a drone that can easily go over 35mph and in some situations even cross 50mph speed. To realize this level of speed you are also going to need powerful batteries and higher voltages than normal drones.
If you want to buy a drone only for recreational purposes then you can find the right drone quite easily. There are plenty of recreational drones available in the market that can be utilized for personal use. Such drones dont cost much and are fairly easy to operate. You simply have to control the flight of the drone using a joystick type of controller whose functions are similar to any other type of remote controlled vehicle. So you will get the hang of it quickly should you decide to start flying. The best thing about recreational drones is that you wont have to break the bank for purchasing them. If you want to purchase a drone for commercial purposes then you will have to do some extensive research to find the drone that is best for you. Since the drone is going to be used for a particular job you will have to find one that has the capabilities for carrying out that task. For instance if you want to use it for the purpose of aerial photography then you will have to get a drone that has an HD camera attached to it. Such drones can be found online with great ease. However do remember that these types of drones are quite expensive and will cost you a good deal of money.
Another technique is to attach a thin weighted line to the Drone so that when the Drone is close the operator simply grabs the line and "pull down" the Drone. New Drones include Optical Recognition cameras and software that should have the capability of landing the Drone in very windy conditions and onto a moving yacht or ship. Keep in mind that in windy conditions or if you are operating on a moving yacht or even a passenger cruise ship you may need to fly the Drone out in front of the yacht or ship and then let the Drone "drift" back into landing position while slowly bringing the Drone down to the deck. I witnessed a Drone operator attempting to land his Drone on a cruise ship that was moving at 20+ knots. Instead of employing the above technique the operator panicked because his Drone battery was running low (!!) and attempted to land the Drone by moving the Drone mid-ship and then flying the Drone sideways to land on the upper deck. The operator had absolutely no control trying to run sidewise in 20+ knots of wind and totally destroyed his $4000 drone when is crashed into the steel upper structure of the cruise ship!