There's nothing quite like stepping onto a set from one of your favorite TV shows -- so when I walked onto a fully lit spaceship set from the show "Firefly" to check out DR1 Racing's Micro Series, I had to contain my geek glee a little bit.
It's a great idea, using set pieces from popular shows both inactive and on-air. DR1 already zoomed its micro drones around the set of "Colony" recently with stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, and it plans to continue creating cinematic, exciting tracks for tiny drones to race through. DR1 already has its Champions Series, which uses full-size drones; if that's the heavyweight class, the Micro Series would be akin to a lightweight circuit. These palm-size quadcopters have tiny bumpers around the propellers, encouraging pilots to fly a little more dangerously and make bolder moves as they zip around the elaborate tracks.
So what's the point of a Micro Series, if DR1 has a standard drone series? Accessibility. DR1 hopes broadcasting races like these will inspire a new generation of drone racers to the sport, since it's an emerging industry with lots of growth options; plus, the point of entry for micro drone racing is substantially lower than a full-sized racing kit. If you're considering getting into drone racing, micro drones might be a good way to test out your mettle and work on your reflexes before moving onto larger quadcopters.
DR1 plans to broadcast the Micro Series sometime later this year, and will announce channels and region availability as they finalize it. For now, check out our day on set in the video -- even though "Firefly" is long gone from our television screens, it's nice to know it's living on in a way even Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself could approve of.