What can €1,000,000 buy you? The world’s only manned aerobatic drone


Drone Champions AG is offering adventurous aviation buffs an unprecedented chance to get their hands on tomorrow’s history today by purchasing one of only three limited edition manned drones capable of aerobatic maneuvers. Designed with a vision of manned drone racing in the future, the “Big Drone” is absolutely unique and comes with a full package of expert tutoring and more. Total cost: a cool €1,000,000.

Vaduz, LIECHTENSTEIN, 5 March, 2020 – The visionary concept of Drone Champions CEO Herbert Weirather, the Big Drone is the first – and so far, only – manned drone that can execute aerobatics like loops and rolls. Weirather is also the co-founder of the Drone Champions League series, which is the recognized World Championship of professional drone racing teams, and he foresees a future where manned drone racing will be a spectator sport as well.

Weighing in at just 98kg unloaded and with a take-off weight of 180kg, the multi-rotor Big Drone has 12 motors that generate 22 PS/HP and 300kg of static thrust for a top speed of 140 km/h. Because flying the one-of-a-kind craft is not for the uninitiated, the Big Drone package includes:

  • DCL’s “Big Drone” manned drone
  • One week of introduction from World Champion pilot Mirko Cesena
  • DCL – The Game in the platform of the purchaser’s choice
  • Free shipping

“During our testing phase, I experienced what it’s like to fly in the Big Drone with Mirko on the controls, and there’s nothing like it. This is a lifetime opportunity for collectors with foresight and a sense of adventure,” said Weirather from the Drone Champions headquarters in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. “At DCL, we aim to bring flying to as many people around the world as possible. And while to date there are only 3 of our Big Drones in the world, everyone can feel what it’s like to fly it inside DCL – The Game.”

Released worldwide in February 2020, DCL – The Game is a drone racing simulation which enables players to control authentic drones that maneuver at high speed through a wide variety of tracks. With DCL – The Game, users can learn to fly, build their skills in head-to-head online battles, even qualify for real-life drone racing events like the Drone Champions League… and get a head start on preparing for the manned drone racing Weirather sees on the horizon.

To purchase the Big Drone purchase package visit www.shop.dcl.aero

For more on DCL – The Game, available in retail and on PlayStation4, XBoxOne and Steam: www.dcl.aero/download

For all the latest on the Drone Champions League season 2020 and how to watch in person or live on TV or online: www.dcl.aero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drone Champions League Calendar 2020

1-3 May:                   Draft Selection, London, UK

TBC                           Drone Grand Prix Vaduz, Liechtenstein

7-8 August:               Drone Grand Prix Moscow, Russia

21-22 August:            Drone Grand Prix Simatai, China

2-3 October:             Drone Grand Prix Lake Zurich, Switzerland

 

About the Drone Champions League

The Drone Champions League (DCL) is the recognized championship for professional drone racing teams: an innovative race series that blurs the lines between virtual and reality to serve up a new era of sports entertainment. Since 2016 the DCL has drawn the world’s best drone pilots, who qualify for each race in DCL – The Game and then go on to compete on eight international teams in some of the world’s most spectacular real-life settings, from buzzing global capitals to surreal natural wonders.

 

Each DCL race is broadcast live, worldwide on TV and also online. From the Great Wall of China to the Champs-Elysées – where 180,000 spectators lined the boulevard – the LED-lit racing drones dart through the custom tracks head-to-head, flashing by fans at speeds of more than 160 km/h as the pilots fly them using virtual reality goggles. First to the finish wins, and with margins breathtakingly tight, contact happens. The daring maneuvers of bold pilots can boost drones to victory or send them tumbling.

DCL – The Game offers complete engagement with the sport and a high-speed experience in your own home. Players of all experience levels fly 24 drone racing tracks, including 1:1 virtual replicas of the original DCL tracks, with contenders in the highest mode battling for places in the actual DCL Draft Selection, allowing players from the game to be recruited into the real-life series.

 

DCL partners include Red Bull, Breitling, MyWorld and IQONIQ. For more information: www.dcl.aero

For media inquiries: Mehak Chowdhary / mchowdhary@dronechampions.org

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