Drone Racing League, ESPN, Sky Sports, and ProSiebenSat.1 agree to broadcast the first season of five races. Venues include Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and an abandoned mall in Los Angeles.
DRL partners with Bud Light to find the next professional drone racer, recruited through DRL’s online simulator and a live tournament.
DRL signs a multiyear title sponsorship with German insurer Allianz.
DRL announces more than $20 million of Series B financing, led by Allianz, Sky, Liberty Media, Lux Capital, and World Wrestling Entertainment, in addition to partnerships with Swatch and FORTO Coffee Shots.
The hand-built DRL RacerX achieves a Guinness World Record for the “fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter,” hitting 163.5 mph.
DRL High Voltage, a drone pilot simulator, graduates from beta testing. The video game hones skills in preparation for flying an actual drone. DRL drones cost between $500 and $1,000; Nikko Air, a model drone produced in partnership with DRL and Toy State, retails for about $170.
The 2018 season is unveiled, with races scheduled for broadcast by six networks across more than 87 countries.