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Indoor drone racing arena
#1
So I'm new the sport and currently working on my first build. I'm from the Southern California area. While doing my research on the sport and the quads themselves I see there are very few places that are dedicated to indoor drone racing. When I say that I mean legit facilities. If any of you pilots were to race indoors what are some of the things that would be must haves?
#2
Sorry to dig up an old thread but this seems interesting to me. In my auto-racing sport of autocross (lower speed highly technical impromptu course driving.) I used to design some of the courses for my club (see an example of one I co-designed for my club here). I know more about racing cars than drones but here are some thoughts that I have for course design that I am guessing would apply to professional facilities or ad-hoc course design.

Key things that I think would be important for race courses based on knowing technical racing course design moderately well and being very new to the idea of drone racing:
100% focus on safety: any race course should always be designed to minimize damage of un-damageable things... top priority being any racing staff/workers, audience members and racers followed by property and fragile things (think windows, electronics, lighting, etc).
- Sub set of this: I would say any event where the racers are responsible for their equipment and repairs it would be good form to make the highest crash-likely areas to be the least drone-destroying. Essentially if your course is impossible to get through and everyone is completely unable to race before they can master it thats not a good idea.  Of course this depends deeply at the intended skill level of the racers. 

After that... it's all about accessibility while providing both very technical elements that you have to really find the best line for those who win by being consistent and technical (This is where the phrase slow-is-fast comes from) as well as straightaways and high-speed elements so that those with raw power can catch up to those who play it smart.

Third if it was actually a professional location... anything that could help with the unique radio and video challenges of FPV better would be great!
carl.vegas
Current Quads: Operational: Bumble Bee, tehStein, Diatone GT2 200, Slightly modified Vortex 250 
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#3
(08-Feb-2017, 08:03 AM)Carl.Vegas Wrote: Key things that I think would be important for race courses based on knowing technical racing course design moderately well and being very new to the idea of drone racing:
100% focus on safety: any race course should always be designed to minimize damage of un-damageable things... top priority being any racing staff/workers, audience members and racers followed by property and fragile things (think windows, electronics, lighting, etc).
- Sub set of this: I would say any event where the racers are responsible for their equipment and repairs it would be good form to make the highest crash-likely areas to be the least drone-destroying. Essentially if your course is impossible to get through and everyone is completely unable to race before they can master it thats not a good idea.  Of course this depends deeply at the intended skill level of the racers. 

After that... it's all about accessibility while providing both very technical elements that you have to really find the best line for those who win by being consistent and technical (This is where the phrase slow-is-fast comes from) as well as straightaways and high-speed elements so that those with raw power can catch up to those who play it smart.

Cool I might have to hit you up this summer. Planning on making/building a dirt rc track for family and friends to race in my mothers old garden area (I built her a pallet porch and complete raised/potted garden last year. Shes getting older on me) but now we have ample room for a dirt rc course!
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#4
I reckon a tinywhoop circuit round here would be freakin awesome!
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(12-Feb-2017, 03:44 AM)Tom BD Bad Wrote: I reckon a tinywhoop circuit round here would be freakin awesome!

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(11-Feb-2017, 05:48 PM)Drone0fPrey Wrote: Cool I might have to hit you up this summer. Planning on making/building a dirt rc track for family and friends to race in my mothers old garden area (I built her a pallet porch and complete raised/potted garden last year. Shes getting older on me) but now we have ample room for a dirt rc course!

That sounds like a lot of fun! I'd say on something like that you'd probably want to drive each of the elements as you create them so that you can get a feel for how they'll work out. Of course then you'll have a bit of an advantage when actually racing since you'll know how your vehicle behaves in the turns upon your first race but you could always just let your opponents get some of the first practice runs to make it fair Wink
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Current Quads: Operational: Bumble Bee, tehStein, Diatone GT2 200, Slightly modified Vortex 250 
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#7
ok... i have a problem.... i've seen those minature trains/cars/planes etc... and started already thinking how to fit micro AIO fpv into them...
i need to seek help...
All the best
Grzesiek (Grisha/ Greg)

Curently flyable: Nox 5, Nox 3, Minimalist 112, Scrap at the moment... nothing is flyable
Bench / in progres: fixing Nox 5, Nox 3, Minimalist 112, Scrap
thinking about building: 450

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