DRL Simulator Brings Drone Racing Simulation to a Whole New Level

The latest drone simulator to become available on Steam takes flight simulators to a whole new level of realism. ‘DRL Simulator’, launched by the Drone Racing League recently, is just about as close as one can get to the real experience, short of actually flying a real drone.

For those who want a taste of what it’s like to fly a drone, DRL Simulator offers a much cheaper and safer alternative to taking a drone out for its first flight. Beginners can get used to handling the simulator, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be faced with an expensive repair bill should they struggle to get the hang of it. Similarly, more experienced pilots can use the software to improve their aerial skills, learning to fly through obstacle courses at high speeds in order to gain confidence for the real thing. The software caters for users of all abilities, right through from novice to professional.

The Drone Racing League has such confidence in its new product, that it is actually planning to use it in the Tryouts for the upcoming season of its flagship racing competition. Top performers in these rounds stand to win prize money in the thousands of dollars.

Developers of simulation software invariably tend to come up against challenges which simply cannot be overcome, such as effectively representing physical aspects of the activity which is being simulated, for example the problem of simulating the experience of g-force. The inherent detached nature of drone piloting eliminates this issue, resulting in more authentic simulations.

According to Ryan Gury of DRL:

If you play ‘Grand Theft Auto’ or ‘Forza’, you can’t really get from that game into a Formula One car and drive it proficiently. You can come from this and fly an actual racing drone.”

Just as most people wouldn’t want to get into a Formula One car and try to break circuit records without any experience, it’s unlikely that consumers want to risk destroying expensive drones before they have had a chance to hone their skills. Professional racing drones can reach eighty miles per hour from standing still in a second or two. That kind of power doesn’t come cheap, either.

For those who dream of piloting state-of-the-art racing drones, but simply don’t have the cash, ‘DRL Simulator’ offers a way in. For $19.99, a beginner can purchase the software and start to master the basics of flying. Once that has been achieved, they can start working on improving their times through simulations of the actual courses from the current DRL season. The league is offering twenty-four places in the real-life 2018 DRL Tryouts for those who get the quickest times on the simulator, the winner of which will be offered a $75,000 contract and the chance to race professionally around the world in the upcoming season.

The Drone Racing League is currently broadcast around the world on ESPN and Sky Sports, and events are held in locations around the world, including Miami, London and Dubai. Prize money runs into six figures for the top performers, with a further opportunity to cash in on lucrative sponsorship deals.

Andrew Maxwell

Andrew is a former journalist who now works as a freelance writer specializing in tech and gadgets. He currently resides in Thailand.

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