Drone Olympics promises fun at Aero India in Bengaluru

The contests in the Drone Olympics are expected to be major crowd-pullers at the biennial event. 

Published: 19th January 2019 02:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th January 2019 02:36 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU:  For the first time at Aero India, drones designed by participants from different companies and countries will be seen in action during various competitions organised as part of the premier air show.

The contests in the Drone Olympics are expected to be major crowd-pullers at the biennial event. Three events will be held as part of the Drone Olympics during the five-day spectacle at Yelahanka Air Base, scheduled to be held from February 20 to 24, according to the Aero India website. 

Among the events scheduled include surveillance competition, supply drop and formation flying challenge. According to sources, the competitions will assess the military and civilian capabilities of drones. The surveillance competition, sources added, is among the contests that will determine the military technologies embedded in the drone. 

“It will also assess its reconnaissance and camouflage abilities under various conditions,” the source said. The supply drop event will have drones competing to showcase their GPS-based tracking technologies -- used both by the military and various product delivery companies.

“Among these events, formation flying challenge will be the most attractive, as teams will have to precisely manoeuvre past various obstacles while remaining in the formation. This will be the most challenging event where synchronisation between drone pilots will be crucial to pull off a successful sortie,” sources said.

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