America’s First Permanent Tiny Whoop Indoor Drone Racing Course is launching this July by Vermont Drone at Generator!
Tiny Whoop Drone Racing is a lot like a real flying Mario in a Super Mario Galaxy game. Tiny Whoops are safe, small first-person-view (FPV) quadcopters aircraft equipped with a tiny camera/video transmitter and are flown by their pilots using FPV goggles which are similar to VR headsets. Tiny Whoops are typically under 100mm across and weigh a maximum of 35 grams. Many weight as much as three large marshmallows!
Most Tiny Whoops are just modified toy quadcopters. The pilots add an FPV camera/video transmitter, upgrade the motors, and switch to a larger mAh 1S or 2S battery. Some Tiny Whoop pilots make their own scratch-built frames using a 3D printer or by CNCing carbon fiber or foam sheets. Its just as much fun flying with a modified toy or building your own because the competition is really more of a test of one’s flying experience and skills, rather than the makeup of the quadcopter they use.
Northern New England Drone User Group and Multirotor Vermont members successfully tested phase 1 of the Tiny Whoop Drone Racing Course on May 1, 2018. Watch this video produced by Multirotor Vermont to see the early test of a partial race course:
Northern New England Drone User Group, Multirotor Vermont, and Generator members are preparing to compete in the next Tiny Whoop Drone Race at Generator at 6:30pm on June 5, 2018. These free Meetups/Races are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at Generator, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Anyone interested in getting into drones or drone racing are welcome to come and participate. Spectators are welcome too!
Watch WCAX’s coverage of Vermont Drone to launch indoor racing course.
Vermont Drone is primarily a Photography/Cinematography/Data Collection Service Company but also offers everything needed to build Tiny Whoops in its online drone shop and their physical shop within Generator. The shop inside Generator is open Mondays and Fridays 3-6pm and also before (and during) each race. Customers are also welcome to schedule other times by appointment.
The Generator Maker Space is a combination of artist studio, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. The space features a Rapid Prototyping Lab with 3D printers and a laser cutter, an Electronics Lab with soldering and diagnostic equipment, full Wood and Metal/Machining Shops, and more. The Tiny Whoop Race Course at Generator will be available to all Generator Members whenever they wish to use it (with a few exceptions like during events or classes). Generator is open daily from 10am-9pm.