Hobbyists pilot small drones for dogfights, photography

An enthusiast takes a drone, outfitted with a camera, for a spin in the test flight area. Aerial photography is one of the most popular uses for smaller consumer drones.An enthusiast takes a drone, outfitted with a camera, for a spin in the test flight area. Aerial photography is one of the most popular uses for smaller consumer drones. 

Marque Cornblatt’s interest in drones began with a bit of playful drone-on-drone violence.

He began attending “Fight Club”-like meetups in the Bay Area where enthusiasts pit the amateur flying machines against each other in bloodless battles of strength and flying technique.

“We were beginners, so just getting off the ground caused damage,” Cornblatt said of the dogfights, which were won by whichever drone lasted the longest and got back up in the air fastest.

And so the idea for an “indestructible” drone design was born. Cornblatt, along with Eli D’Elia, started¬†Game of Drones. Using an extremely durable plastic called Kydex, the company creates inexpensive but rugged drones capable of surviving everything from high-impact crashes to shotgun blasts.

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