DRL & T‑Mobile
As part of a broad partnership to develop 5G drone technology, T‑Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS), America’s leader in 5G, and Drone Racing League (DRL), an international professional racing company, have announced their first 5G-enabled drone, Magenta. This is one of the first racing drones in the world that has a built-in 5G module capable of broadcasting real-time video streaming directly to the Internet, thus immersing the viewer in the action in high quality and immersive first-person view (FPV).
About the drone
At the moment, the developer does not cover the potential of the quad, so there is not much information about it. Magenta is a massive, high-end racing drone powered by a 5S LiPo battery, with a total thrust of the power plant of more than 2400g, equipped with a video transmitting module capable of broadcasting real-time video via a 5G network, at a horizontal flight speed of more than 97 km/h. It is also reported that the name and color of the drone was based on the color of the T‑Mobile logo.
The first 5G FPV drone?
The developer explained that the first stage of cooperation with T‑Mobile involves the use of the 5G network solely for the purpose of online broadcasting video from the drone to a wider audience. In other words, the introduction of this technology will primarily allow you to fully immerse the viewer in the race itself, which will make the event even more spectacular.
How it works?
It is reported that the quad carries two video modules and, therefore, two cameras. One works in tandem with a 5.8GHz analog video transmitter to provide low latency for the pilot, the other to deliver 5G HD video to the viewer.
To give a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the drone, T‑Mobile and DRL released a mini-documentary video showing their development and testing journey. The documentary chronicles the steps taken to bring this new technology to life, showing how DRL engineers manually build the first drone prototype at DRL’s New York lab and test it for the first time on T‑Mobile’s 5G network.
Behind the scenes video dedicated to the birth of the project.
When is the first flight?
Magenta made its first appearance on Thursday, August 12 at the opening of a baseball game, where the main task was to test the ability of a new drone to broadcast HD video from a board to a wide audience. The next flight of the new racing drone in the current version is scheduled as part of the DRL competition in the 2021–2022 season.
Regarding this issue, T‑Mobile commented in the following context: “In the next stage of development, the 5G module will be connected to the drone’s control system, which will allow flights via T‑Mobile’s 5G network.”
About T Mobile
T‑Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s largest and most advanced carrier, offering the next generation of 4G LTE mobile communications and a transformative nationwide 5G network that can provide reliable connectivity for everyone. T‑Mobile customers benefit from an unrivaled combination of value and quality, an unwavering commitment to offering them the best possible service experience, and an undeniable commitment to change that creates competition and innovation in wireless communications and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T‑Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates flagship brands: T‑Mobile, Metro by T‑Mobile and Sprint.
About Drone Racing League
The Drone Racing League (DRL) is the most innovative sports, entertainment and technology league in the world. The best drone pilots in the world fly in this league, and millions of fans watch their races on NBC, Twitter and Facebook. With groundbreaking technology and exciting high-speed racing in virtual and live competitions, DRL is creating a new era of sports by combining e‑sports and real drone racing. DRL is a private company founded by Nicholas Gorbachevsky in 2015. The main office of the company is located in New York.