06/23/2015 02:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Drone Racing From Drone's POV Is One Wild Ride

You want to be a drone? You want to fly through tight spaces, dipping, darting and turning like crazy alongside other drones?

Now you can be the drone -- or like a teeny-tiny pilot in its cockpit -- thanks to first-person-view (FPV) drone racing.

In a video posted June 11, a race unfolds in a Melbourne, Australia, abandoned warehouse. It makes us a little dizzy but we're not the best fliers on big aircraft either.

To steer, operators wear goggles that give them the perspective of their camera-outfitted flying machines.

And the competition is catching on. "Many of the drones are 'blinged' up with LED lights and accessories, making for a race of geeked-out, adrenaline-pumping goodness," Mashable wrote.

The multi-rotor gizmos can go faster than 60 kilometers per hour (about 37 miles per hour), and crashes are inevitable, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports.

"It's like playing a video game," competitor Darren French told the ABC. "It's fast. The more you do it the more you want to fly."

Another racer, Chad Nowak, said to Gizmag, "FPV is such a different, immersive experience, everyone's wanting to be that 'Star Wars' pod racer, going in between the hills."

Nowak is headed to the inaugural U.S. National Drone Racing Championships July 15-17 at the California State Fair.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the burgeoning sport, check out Gizmag's video:

H/T Laughing Squid



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