The World’s First Drone Dogfight03:54

  • 361,051 views

When we first met drone designer Andy Shen, he was standing in a freezing park in the Bronx, zipping his mini quadcopter around at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour in a first person view drone race. But there was more buzzing around the park that day than just his quadcopter. The pilots there were stoked about a secret project Shen had been working on for months: The world’s first-ever Nerf-disc shooting drone.

Late last month, Shen finally got the production model of his Blast quadcopter, and he agreed to let us test it out in an empty warehouse in Brooklyn (it’s been too windy and miserable in New York to fly outdoors).

The Blast has the potential to be a game changer. When Shen and rival racer and drone designer Ryan Gury spoke to us last time, they hinted that racing was just the first part of what would become a new sport. Once drones were (safely) armed, Mario Kart-style races, with projectiles and obstacles would be possible, they said.

Shen’s drone is a step toward that future. Shen and Gury went head-to-head in the world’s first ever drone dogfight, and, while there wasn’t really a winner owing to the warehouse’s difficult flying conditions, it certainly seems like we could be watching the beginning stages of a new sport.

MORE DRONES FROM MOTHERBOARD:
This Is How You Race a Drone in the Snow:
The Iranian Drone That Saves Lives:
Dive-Bombing Drone Confronts Goose Poop:

Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD:

Follow MOTHERBOARD
Facebook:
Twitter:
Tumblr:
Instagram:
More videos from the VICE network:

Bookmark and Share
    1. Daniel Barsby (Ants Santa Barbara)
    2. Daniel Barsby (Ants Santa Barbara)
    3. Rafael Zamora
    4. adinsx2000
    5. Johnny Luke Harcourt
    6. Jeremy Heath
    7. Angelo Danova
    8. Jon Doe
    9. Jordan Huus
    10. Anthony Gennello
    11. Stellar lupus
    12. เบิร์ดฟาร์มาซี นาทวี
    13. Turk420
    14. Jared Reabow (Jazza)
    15. rynogame h
    16. dna598
    17. Mitchell H George
    18. SamSoup
    19. Antoine Sowell
    20. Jay González
    21. doonray
    22. Ghost2Coast
    23. NORTH ENDER
    24. NORTH ENDER
    25. Yam Yamato
    26. NORTH ENDER
    27. Yam Yamato
    28. Choking Hazard
    29. Justin Lowery
    30. MrStubbs1981
    31. Meiers Daniel
    32. mace FTL
    33. spazvapes
    34. mfbe73
    35. Aaron Kinser
    36. Mark Scott
    37. Michael Mangraviti
    38. AdrenalineAirsoft
    39. qwervqwe vqwevqwev

Enjoyed this video?
"No Thanks. Please Close This Box!"