Drone racing picks up popularity in US

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Drone racing picks up popularity in US

What happens when you combine society’s love of technology with its love of sport Drone racing? Drone racing; it is now a competitive sport.

In fact, it’s how the two-time Drone Racing League champion makes his living.

CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Colorado.

“I’ve grown up with a need for speed kind of all my life,” Jordan Temkin, a drone racer says.

The 26-year-old from Fort Collins, Colorado, races unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. He’s constantly testing the limits in the great outdoors, in local parks, or wherever.

“There is this limit to your own personal skill level and constantly pushing that is what’s going to make you better,” Temkin said.

Temkin, who also goes by Jet, may become arguably the world’s top drone racer. He’s fresh off winning the Drone Racing League championship for the second straight year. A meteoric rise for a young man who only learned about this sport fairly recently.

Jordan doesn’t fly consumer drones. It’s either ultra-light race drones or machines maxing out at nearly 200 kilometers-per-hour that this do-it-yourself mechanic and pilot has built himself.