FPV in Star Wars


Star Wars fan? If yes, then you remember the speeder bike chase scene in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Who can forget Luke and Leia zipping though the forest chasing storm troopers, narrowly missing trees and obstacles in every direction?   


Unfortunately, the chance of jumping on a speeder bike in real life, let alone surviving such a high speed chase, are slim to none. Yet, developments in drone technology have given pilots a way to re-create the magic of this epic scene, without putting themselves in harms way. Check this out.


This technology is called FPV (First Person View)


Think of FPV as being like playing a first-person-view video game where you are seeing things from the view of an airplane pilot zipping through the Grand Canyon or any other challenging terrain. That is what it is like flying a drone with FPV. A small camera is placed on the front of a drone and the image is transmitted to FPV goggles that are worn by the pilot or to a display monitor. A drone pilot can see all the action from their drone’s perspective as they weave around objects at upwards of 70 miles per hour, all while sitting safely in a remote location.


FPV piloting is being used by the general hobbyist and in professional industries around the globe. However, the current buzz in the industry is FPV racing. A number of drone racing leagues have popped up and are gaining traction all over the world. 


It will be interesting to see where this technology takes us in the near future…and will there be more re-creations of scenes from epic movies from our past?  I’m hoping for a re-creation of the Death Star scene.   


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