DRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing droneDRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing drone

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.

DRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing droneDRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing drone

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.

DRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing droneDRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing drone

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.

Video

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.

What’s next?

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.”

DRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing droneDRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing drone

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.

DRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing droneDRL and T-Mobile announce development of first 5G racing drone

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.

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