DroneClash Promises Epic Multirotor Aerial Battles and Carnage
What would happen if you merged FPV racing, BattleBots and American Ninja Warrior into a single form of drone competition? Well, you get DroneClash — an epic multirotor aerial battle where modern day aerial gladiators brawl it out in an arena with all kinds of dangers a drone pilot can imagine.
DroneClash is scheduled for December 4 this year and is organized by Delft University of Technology’s MAVLab. It will be held at a former Navy base in the Netherlands and is supported by the Dutch National Police Corps. Four teams are expected to take part with each team allowed only one FPV feed from their drones. This means each team can only fly one FPV drone at a time. Drones that can fly autonomously are also allowed into the arena and can be used as support units for a team’s primary FPV drone.
The competition is divided into four parts. These four parts involve tricky flying maneuvers, dodging Nerf bullets, evading flame throwers and also battling drones from opposing teams, among other things. All four teams will be thrown into battle at once, with each team fielding as many drones as they wish. Each team will be required to have a “queen drone” airborne at all times, supported by a number of semi or fully autonomous drones.
Before attempting to bring down the “queen drones” of opponent teams in the 4-Queen Palace, each team will have to survive through the Hallway of Doom, Death and Destruction. The last team standing will be crowned champion.
What makes DroneClash truly unique is that there are no restrictions as to what kind of drone or size the teams use. Basically any RC-controlled flying device can be used whether it’s a Phantom 4 or an RC helicopter. This free-for-all approach is very different from an FPV drone race which has various restrictions and regulations relating to drone size, motor size, battery type and so on. And this is what probably will draw a large fan base for DroneClash when it finally takes off in December.
With the treacherous path each team has to take in order to triumph in this competition, expect to see plenty of action, shattered propellers and frames, exploding batteries and flames at DroneClash. All that is needed for that extra WrestleMania zing is a bit of trash talking between the competing teams.