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Gothenburg, Sweden, June 19, 2018 — Two of the toughest professional sports, The Drone Racing League (DRL), the international, premier drone racing circuit, and Team Brunel, the first-place, global nautical-race sailing crew, teamed up to create this daring Drone x Ocean Racers video. Featuring the best pilots and sailors zipping along the coast of Gothenburg, Sweden, the video celebrates DRL and Team Brunel’s shared passion for extreme speed, world class engineering and legendary race locations.

In the clip, DRL pilots Niklas “UpsidedownFPV” Solle and Dino “Dino” Joghi show off their freestyle flying skills with custom-built DRL Racer3 drones, launching from the bow of the high-performance Team Brunel boat. Soaring at 90 miles per hour, the pilots flip, twist and swirl their drones through turbulent 15-knot winds, nosedive down 150-feet high cranes, and whip around the 65-foot long sailboat as it rocks over choppy waves. The rough conditions caused a DRL drone to free-fall and drown in the water and a photography drone to crash on top of a crane (which was later rescued).

A Fierce Adventure

“Bringing the sport of the future to the ocean was a fierce adventure,” said DRL CEO and Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. “We’re excited to have collaborated with Team Brunel, who like DRL, challenges elite athletes through highly competitive, insanely fast racing in spectacular spots around the world, while testing true racing skills through identically designed technology: DRL pilots fly the same drones and Team Brunel sails the same boats as their competitors.”

“The combination of DRL drone pilots and sailors that both push the boundaries is very powerful,” said Brunel Manager Global Marketing Steven Biester. “In this race we rely heavily on drones to tell the story. The current technology makes it possible to show footage of the extremely harsh sailing whichwas impossible until now. By telling this story we can engage our twelve thousand employees working at Brunel and reach out to thousands of professionals seeking a new challenge. Driven by results and with the highest ambitions for ourselves and our people, we’re all engineered to move faster. Across oceans but also in business and the careers of our people.”

Sailors Tried to Fly Drones
The DRL Pilots boarded the boat after teaching FPV (First Person View) flying in an abandoned factory to quad-obsessed, Team Brunel sailors including:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist and 2017 America’s Cup champion, Peter Burling
  • 2013 America’s Cup champion, Kyle Langford, and
  • On-board-reporter known for innovating sailing media capture with drone photography, Sam Greenfield

“It was an absolutely amazing experience to fly DRL racing drones from Team Brunel’s sailboat. It felt crazy to fly around from a swaying boat while watching it sail from the perspective of my FPV goggles,” said DRL Pilot UpsidedownFPV.

“Flying a DRL drone from a heeling boat was definitely one of the most memorable freestyle sessions I’ve ever had. It was also interesting to have to deal with the wind in an opposite way to the sailors. While the ocean racers used the wind to spin and push the boat forward, UpsidedownFPV and I had to avoid getting our drones caught in the same wind,” said DRL Pilot Dino. 

Team Brunel crew members filmed the video in between practice rounds during their Gothenburg, Sweden ocean race — the second-to-last leg of their 46,000 mile adventure, which they won. UpsidedownFPV and Dino are top competitors in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, which will premiere on September 6, 2018 on ESPN and air on leading sports broadcast networks including Sky, Prosieben, and Groupe AB in 75+ countries worldwide. 

ABOUT DRL:

DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Groupe AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

ABOUT BRUNEL:
For the fourth time, Team Brunel takes part in this nautical marathon where teamwork, perseverance and engineering make the difference between eternal glory and forever wondering what if. Brunel International N.V. is an international service provider specializing in the flexible deployment of knowledge and capacity in the fields of Engineering, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, ICT, Finance, Legal and Insurance & Banking. Services are provided in the form of Project Management, Secondment and Consultancy. Incorporated in 1975, Brunel has since become an International group with a strong global brand. Operation from its own international network of 106 branch offices in 37 countries, we have over 12,000 employees and an annual revenue of EUR 790 million (2017). The company is listed at Euronext Amsterdam N.V. and included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX).

For more information on Brunel visit https://www.brunel.energy/. To keep track of the latest updates of Team Brunel, follow us: https://www.facebook.com/brunelsailing/

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This video was made by Droneshop.nl and shows the second tournement of the Dutch National Championship FPV drone racing.

The Dutch National Championship “NK Drone Race” is a competition held by the KNVvL and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Two pilots here in the Dutch National Championship are also racing in the Drone Racing League (DRL) – Shaggy and Dino from the Netherlands.

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NEW YORK, NY & LAS VEGAS, NV (May 2, 2018) – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the pro drone racing sport, announced the launch of its 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season today, unveiling their new global partners, elite drone pilots, and worldwide race locations. Premiering on September 6, 2018 on ESPN, DRL’s third season will be broadcast in more than 75 countries on the top sports programs in the world including Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 and recently announced media partner, Groupe AB. DRL shared the news from one of its 2018 season race venues and iconic indoor theme park, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas (An MGM Resorts Destination), as high speed, custom-built DRL racing drones spiraled around roller coasters.

“With more partners, more races, and more pilots, we’re incredibly excited to unveil our most thrilling series yet. Following a historic 2017 season that was watched by tens of millions of fans across the globe, our 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season will pit the best FPV pilots against each other through fiercely competitive drone races in new spectacular locations,” said DRL CEO & Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

World-Renowned Global Partners

Last year, DRL introduced leading global insurance company Allianz as their title sponsor, and launched global partnerships with world-renowned brands including premium automobile manufacturer BMW, Swiss watchmaker Swatch, the U.S. Air ForceToy State, manufacturer of the DRL Nikko™ Air racing drones, and Fatshark, the best in class FPV (First Person View) headset provider – all of whom have extended their agreements for the 2018 season. Newly added global partnerships include Cox Communications (Cox), the largest private telecom company in the U.S., the General Sport Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia, and Seagate, the Official Storage Supplier of DRL.

New Dramatic Locations 

DRL races take place in iconic venues across the world, where the best FPV (First Person View) pilots fly identical and hand-built DRL racing drones through complex, three-dimensional, mile-long courses. During the 2018 season, pilots will take flight in elaborate spots including:

  • Woodward West, the world-class camp for pro skateboarders and BMXers in Tehachapi, California, USA
  • University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, the largest enclosed ecological observatory on the planet, located in Oracle, Arizona, USA
  • The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, a five-acre indoor amusement park in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Allianz Riviera, a gigantic football stadium in Nice, France
  • BMW Welt, the multisensory brand and product experience center of the BMW Group, located in the heart of Munich, Germany
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Best Drone Pilots in the World

  • Meet DRL’s eighteen fierce FPV pilots fighting to be crowned the World’s Greatest Drone Pilot
  • Pilots compete across three rounds (ranking, semi-finals and finals) that are made of several heats, each a minute long. They are ranked according to their fastest time and battle it out during the final round for the first-place title
  • Each winner will be invited to go head to head in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship event in Saudi Arabia, the first professional drone race to be staged in the kingdom

DRL Made History

DRL has been watched by 55 million fans in 75+ countries across the world. During an action-packed 2017, DRL:

  • Set the Guinness  World RecordTM with the DRL RacerX, the fastest racing drone on earth, hand-built by the league’s team of expert drone engineers
  • Debuted the first professional drone race ever in the UK, hosting a royally epic finale at Alexandra Palace
  • Proved esports can translate into real sports with their 2017 Tryouts, an online drone racing competition on the DRL Simulator, a true-to-life drone racing sim, that transformed gamer Jacob “Jawz” Schneider into a pro drone pilot overnight. He placed 1st at Level 4: Boston Foundry and 7th overall last year

About DRL:

DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Groupe AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

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New York, NY & Paris, France, April 26, 2018 – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the international, premier drone racing organization, today announced global expansion plans with a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium, media partnership with Groupe AB and the extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series. Allianz, one of the world’s leading insurers, will extend their global title sponsorship of DRL’s high-speed race circuit to five years and will also bring the first pro drone race to the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Groupe AB, the leading independent broadcast network in France, will be DRL’s first broadcast partner in the region, joining the league’s expansive media distribution with top sports programs in 75+ countries across the world.

Marking Level 5 of the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, the Allianz Riviera race will air on Groupe AB and other leading broadcast networks like ESPN, Sky and ProSieben this fall. The event will highlight elite FPV (First Person View) pilots, including Provence-based, DRL pilot, Dunkan Bossion, flying DRL’s custom-built, 90 mile-per-hour racing drones through three-dimensional course lines at the iconic sports arena. Dunkan will battle it out against top drone pilots for first place and the chance to fly in the 2018 season finale in Saudi Arabia this September.

“We’re incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Allianz, who has a proud history of supporting innovative sports and auto racing, and to expand the reach of pro drone racing in collaboration with Groupe AB, the predominant racing media company in France. We look forward to kicking off our presence in France with the first professional drone race at the Allianz Riviera, home to the most competitive football matches in the country,” said DRL CEO & Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

“After the excitement of Allianz’ first season as title sponsor of the DRL Allianz World Championship, we knew we wanted to extend our partnership to five years and continue this amazing growth journey together,” said Allianz Head of Group Market Management and Distribution, Jean-Marc Pailhol. “DRL has been a perfect strategic partner for Allianz. Going forward we will continue working with DRL to expand the Allianz World Championship and present this spectacular new sport to additional audiences around the world. It will be a pleasure to host with the support of Allianz France the elite DRL pilots for the Level 5 race at the Allianz Riviera and we look forward to many future collaborations with DRL in our eight stadiums around the world.”

“Groupe AB is thrilled to announce its partnership with the DRL for the broadcast of the competition on AB1. We are convinced that this new partnership will help reinforce our offer for the youngsters, with this particularly entertaining and innovative content,” said Richard Maroko, VP Channels, programming, acquisitions at Groupe AB.

Groupe AB will begin premiering DRL’s 2016 and 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship Seasons in France on AB1 (and on ABXplore in Belgium), which have been watched by more than 55 million fans across the world to date.

 

About DRL:

DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Group AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

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New York, NY & Paris, France, April 26, 2018 – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the international, premier drone racing organization, today announced global expansion plans with a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium, media partnership with Groupe AB and the extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series. Allianz, one of the world’s leading insurers, will extend their global title sponsorship of DRL’s high-speed race circuit to five years and will also bring the first pro drone race to the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Groupe AB, the leading independent broadcast network in France, will be DRL’s first broadcast partner in the region, joining the league’s expansive media distribution with top sports programs in 75+ countries across the world.

Marking Level 5 of the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, the Allianz Riviera race will air on Groupe AB and other leading broadcast networks like ESPN, Sky and ProSieben this fall. The event will highlight elite FPV (First Person View) pilots, including Provence-based, DRL pilot, Dunkan Bossion, flying DRL’s custom-built, 90 mile-per-hour racing drones through three-dimensional course lines at the iconic sports arena. Dunkan will battle it out against top drone pilots for first place and the chance to fly in the 2018 season finale in Saudi Arabia this September.

“We’re incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Allianz, who has a proud history of supporting innovative sports and auto racing, and to expand the reach of pro drone racing in collaboration with Groupe AB, the predominant racing media company in France. We look forward to kicking off our presence in France with the first professional drone race at the Allianz Riviera, home to the most competitive football matches in the country,” said DRL CEO & Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

“After the excitement of Allianz’ first season as title sponsor of the DRL Allianz World Championship, we knew we wanted to extend our partnership to five years and continue this amazing growth journey together,” said Allianz Head of Group Market Management and Distribution, Jean-Marc Pailhol. “DRL has been a perfect strategic partner for Allianz. Going forward we will continue working with DRL to expand the Allianz World Championship and present this spectacular new sport to additional audiences around the world. It will be a pleasure to host with the support of Allianz France the elite DRL pilots for the Level 5 race at the Allianz Riviera and we look forward to many future collaborations with DRL in our eight stadiums around the world.”

“Groupe AB is thrilled to announce its partnership with the DRL for the broadcast of the competition on AB1. We are convinced that this new partnership will help reinforce our offer for the youngsters, with this particularly entertaining and innovative content,” said Richard Maroko, VP Channels, programming, acquisitions at Groupe AB.

Groupe AB will begin premiering DRL’s 2016 and 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship Seasons in France on AB1 (and on ABXplore in Belgium), which have been watched by more than 55 million fans across the world to date.

 

About DRL:

DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Group AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

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NEW YORK (July 14, 2017) – Today, the Drone Racing League (DRL), the global leader in professional drone racing, tested the fastest racing drone, and set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. Hand-built by DRL’s Director of Product, Ryan Gury, and DRL’s team of expert drone engineers, the drones fly at unprecedented high speeds.

The fastest racing drone, the DRL RacerX, zooms at a never-seen-before top speed of 179.6 miles per hour. Weighing only 800 grams (1.76 pounds), the RacerX flies with its:

•       46,000 RPMs

•       10S (42V) Powertrain

•       BeeRotor 80A (10S) ESCs / BLHeli with Multishot

•       TMotor F80 2407 2500kv

•       1300mah 2 x 5S R-Line Tattu Lithium Polymer Batteries

“We’re thrilled to put our proprietary technology to the test, as we’re all about speed and pushing the limits of drone design here at DRL,” said Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO/Founder. “The record-setting Racer X represents the culmination of years of technological innovation by our team of world class engineers, and we’re very excited to unveil the fastest racing drone on earth.”

In order to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement, the drone needed to fly back and forth across a measurement course of 100 m (328 ft.), with the official record set as the average of the top speed achieved on each of those flights. Therefore, the official speed measured for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title is 163.5 miles per hour. 

Gury flew the drone along a field in the state of New York and clocked in at the record speed while a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator was on-site to verify the attempt. Earlier, prototypes of the drone burst into flames when hitting its highest point of acceleration due to the amount of power being applied. 

For more speed, fans can tune into the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale on ESPN on July 28, 2017 at 9pm EST — as elite pilots compete with DRL custom designed and hand built pro racing drones through insane three dimensional racecourses in iconic venues across the world. Watch the 2017 Season Teaser below:

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ABOUT DRL

DRL is the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2017 DRL is hosting a global series of six races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Disney XD, OSN and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on the 2017 race season, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

NEW YORK (June 12, 2017) – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global leader in professional drone racing, today announced key multi-year, international partners and sponsors ahead of its 2017 race season. In February, DRL introduced Allianz as the title sponsor of DRL’s elite race circuit, leveraging the insurance brand’s motor racing sponsorship heritage to bring the “Sport of the Future” to a rapidly growing worldwide audience. Allianz and previously announced Toy State, home of high-performance Nikko Air racing drones, are joined by some of the world’s most well-known and respected brands including Amazon (Prime Video), Swatch, FORTO Coffee Shots and the U.S. Air Force. The season begins on June 20 on ESPN, and will be broadcast in more than 75 countries with broadcast partners including Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.

DRL also announced today the close of a Series B investment round. The total financing was more than $20 million, led by Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (owner of Formula 1) and Lux Capital. In addition to Liberty Media Corporation, DRL added new investors Allianz (its global Title Sponsor of the race circuit) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Other existing partners that join Sky and Lux in the round include Hearst Ventures, RSE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Courtside Ventures. DRL has also added CRCM Ventures, supporting DRL’s expansion into China. LionTree Advisors acted as a financial advisor for the company and Morrison Foerster was the company’s legal advisor. 

“We’re incredibly proud to announce new partners and investors aligning with DRL to solidify drone racing as the sport of the future,” said Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO and Founder of DRL. “Over the past 18 months, we’ve committed to building a technology company that can capture the imagination of new sports fans around the world. The support we have from some of the most respected brands and investors is helping us rapidly realize that vision.”

The announcement from DRL comes ahead of the UK’s first professional drone race and the last race in the 2017 Allianz World Championship Season, the headline event during London Tech Week. The race will take place at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on June 13th, with 8 of the best pilots flying to be crowned the ‘best in the world’ during the winner-take-all 2017 season finale. Tickets for the event can be purchased at: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/drone-racing-league-season-finale-allianz-world-championship-2017/ and spectators will be able to bet on the racing with the Paddy Power Betfair app, Betfair Sportsbook.

The Drone Racing League launched in January 2016 as the only global professional drone racing organization, hosting five professional races in its inaugural season. DRL’s ‘16 season reached more than 75 million fans around the world, including more than 30 million broadcast viewers and more than 45 million views of its digital content. The title partnership with Allianz will help DRL to continue to reach new viewers and build an even larger global fan base as the company introduces new events, media and brand partners in its second season. Toy State’s Nikko Air offerings are the only racing drones powered by the same technology used by professional DRL drone racing pilots. The company’s highly anticipated new line-up, which will give a wide swath of consumers the chance to experience the fast-paced fun of drone racing, takes flight at major retailers nationwide this August.

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Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22 million customers across five countries: UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. We offer the best and broadest range of content, deliver market-leading customer service and use innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose. Sky has annual revenues of £12 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £5.2 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

 

ABOUT DRL

DRL is the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2017 DRL is hosting a global series of six races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Disney XD, OSN and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on the 2017 race season, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

 

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The sport of the future has a new racing drone on the scene. Hand-built with improved speed, weight and durability by DRL’s team of engineers, the DRL Racer3 will serve as the backbone of the sport of the future — flown by the globe’s most elite racing pilots throughout the DRL 2017 Season, the Allianz World Championship, which airs for the first time on June 20 (8pm ET) on ESPN.

DRL Racer3 Stats:

  • Acceleration: 0-80 in under 1 second
  • Top Speed: 85 MPH
  • Altitude: Above the clouds (6-8 km)
  • Fleet: Over 450 identically designed, hand-built elite racing drones
  • 16 Pounds Of Thrust, 8:1 Power To Weight Ratio
  • High Voltage Powertrain For Quick Motor Acceleration
  • Stealth-Like, Diffused Polycarbonate Shell
  • 210 RGB Leds For Pilot Identification And Visibility
  • 6” Triblade Props For Agility And Traction
  • F3 + Spi Mpu6000 + Betaflight For Flight Control
  • Custom 1800Mah Internal 5-Cell Lipo Battery
  • Proprietary Internal Long Range Radios For Live Events And Broadcast
  • Carbon fiber frame
  • Weight: 900 grams
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