THE FS1 GIANT RACING DRONE
MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE
Chris Ballard came up with the concept of a giant racing drone in 2015 after witnessing first hand how the micro drone racing revolution stalled in the quest to build a mainstream audience. Chris saw that the size of the drones mean that they would always be hard to see with the naked eye, and fail to gain live audiences, something which was critical for the sport to develop.
Chris began designing and building the V1.0 prototype, and in mid 2016, the first hover test was completed just outside Chris’ hometown in Tasmania. The footage of a 1.2m giant drone weighing in at 30kg lifting off the ground went global and the team knew they were onto something.
A controlled flight test was completed in November of 2016, then with some modifications and upgrades to the drivetrain, the first full test was successfully completed in Adelaide in February of 2017. The V1.0 prototype few beyond anyones expectations and the noise was incredible. The v1.0 reached a top speed during the test of 159.9kph (99.6mph).
The team are now working on the V2.0 prototype which will see a major design change with an aerodynamically designed carbon chassis and custom built drivetrain. Testing is expect to get underway in mid 2019.