Competitive Drone Racing

Drone racing is becoming kind of a big deal. In fact, it may be the next major sport. The first drone racing competitions are about to be broadcasted on ESPN3 and the first World Drone Prix was held in Dubai earlier this year. It’s an exciting new sport, but getting into it yourself isn’t like picking up a ball at the local store.

Drone components usually cost hundreds of dollars when you take into consideration the drone itself, the controller, and a monitor. Other than the financial cost, getting your drone ready for the starting will take several hours of assembly and setup.

The good news is that RotorX Racing will be making their micro racing quadcopter available for cheap, and it will come either fully assembled or in a DIY kit that will only take 30 minutes to assemble.

The RX122 Atom V2

The New RotorX Atom is just 122mm wide, hence the name. It has brushless motors and propellers that enable it to reach speeds of up to 100 kph (60 mph).

It has a durable carbon fiber frame plus a polycarbonate shell that allows it to weigh just 5 ounces (142 grams). Avid drone fliers likely already know that the FAA requires that all drones weighing 250 grams be registered, which means that the Atom is well below that threshold.

Mounted on the drone is a 600TVL CMOS camera, which features a field of view of 120 degrees and broadcasts 480p video at a range of 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) through 40 channels on 5.8 GHz

The buy-and-fly version of the Atom can be bundled with a controller that has a built-in monitor for $499; however, this offer is only available for the first 50 Indiegogo backers. The bundle will be available for $549 for the following 200 backers.

You can still get the assemblable Atom ala carte for $299, which will start shipping in July. RotorX also has a premium option that ships in September, which comes with Fat Shark Dominator V3 FPV goggles for $849.

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