The world’s top drone racing pilots are set to go head to head once again this year as they compete for the top prize in the Drone Racing League.
The DRL begins tomorrow evening in California with pilots from around the world competing in the first heat.
18 pilots will compete in the season but only 10 will go to the championship, with each pilot flying on four of the regular season’s six events.
The winner of each event clinches a spot in the championship as the remaining slots are awarded to the pilot’s with the most season points.
2018 is the third annual season since it began in 2016, and the winner of both of those competitions, Jordan ‘Jet’ Temkin, is going to try and make it three in a row.
Speaking to CNN, he said: “It’s just about being able to keep your act together. Be calm, relaxed, as well as just having fast reactions.”
The DRL estimated that it has reached 50m global broadcast viewers over the past two years with a further 150m people viewing online.
For the season conclusion later this year, the DRL hopes it will attract 3,000 fans to the arena in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia to watch the championship finale.
Watch build up to the first heat, ‘California Nights’, here: