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Sunday, March 27, 2016
How Luke Bannister won the UAE's inaugural World Drone Prix as World Future Sports Games in December 2017
“The lights were awesome”
15-y-o Luke Bannister after he led his team 43
strong team Tornado X-Blades Banni UK to victory at the inaugural World Drone
Prix in the UAE (United Arab Emirates)
Drone Racing seems to be becoming a thing.
The UAE (United Arab Emirates) had recently staged
their inaugural World Drone Prix, which was held on Friday March 11th
2016 as reported in the article “Drone racing:
Nascar in the sky”, published March 8, 2016, by Max Taves, CNET News.
The World Drone Prix, which took placed around a
half-mile long illuminated track in Dubai, home of the Burj Khalifa, was won by
15-y-o Luke Bannister as reported in the article “15
year old wins $250K at World Drone Prix”, published Monday, 14 Mar 2016 by
Alexandra Gibbs, CNBC News.
He took home the grand prize of US$250,000 as the
drone pilot for his 43 strong team Tornado X-Blades Banni UK on Saturday March
World Drone Prix – Robots get their own games at World Future Sports Games in
Basically the idea is that the Drone pilots, wearing
FPV (First Persons Viewing) Goggles, pilot their craft around an illuminated
obstacle course according to the World Organization of Racing Drones' rules and
regulations on the event.
The World Drone Prix was organized by the World
Organization of Racing Drones, as was done under the supervision of Sheikh
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, who chairs the
city-state’s sports council.
The UAE also has plans to host a World Future Sports
Games in December 2017 which will see robots competing in such sports as:
Truly this is a good start and it would be great to
see something like this in Jamaica, preferable using the entire island as a
racing track. Can't wait to see the robots in action at the World Future Sports
Games in December 2017 as Drones and other Robots finally get the recognition