Welcome to the World of Professional Drone Racing

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Media Outlet: Slate

The quadcopter is not much bigger than an iPad, but it can travel at up to 80 miles per hour, and it’s equipped with neon-green propellers and an antenna that make it resemble a large, inquisitive insect. “It kind of looks like a frog, so I’ve named it Frogger,” drone pilot and builder Erich Bitonio says. He’s fond of it, but as a FPV (first-person view) drone racing pilot, he’s also willing to break it—sending it through hairpin turns, flipping and feinting, and working to be the first over the finish line.

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Faine Greenwood was a Field Analyst in the International Security Program at New America, where she studied the international development potential of unmanned aerial vehicles, with a particular focus on their usage for protecting land rights in developing nations.