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Drone Racing Champions CupHD took place in Moscow. The tournament organized by "GLONASS Union, was attended by sportsmen from Russia, Belarus, France, Finland, the United Arab Emirates. The competition was held from November 29 to December 01 at VDNH (The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy).

Drone Racing Champions CupHD is in many ways a unique event in drone-racing, this young sport. For the first time in Russia was gathered such a number of participants: in the race were registered 63 pilots. 20 top pilots passed to the main competition from the qualifying round.

For the first time in the world video from sport drones was transmitted in digital (HD) quality and with zero delay: viewers watched races live webcast on the big screens in the hall. The course of the race was followed using a large number of parameters to which we are accustomed to on the race "Formula-1": "best lap", "the highest speed in the area", "the best time of turn passage" and many others. The pilots successfully covered one of the best and most difficult tracks. Its length is 320 meters and includes 5 turns, elements "slide" and "tube", speed section for acceleration up to 140 km/h and other unique obstacles.

"In the coming years we expect rapid growth of services and applications market in the world with the use of unmanned aircraft systems. Unmanned aircraft systems development is a strategic focus of "GLONASS Union". Therefore, our goal is to create necessary conditions for unmanned aircraft development by preparing legislative and regulatory framework, creation of necessary infrastructure and ecosystem services, applications, platform and unmanned aerial vehicles providers. Supporting such a young but promising sport, we first of all make a significant contribution to drone-racing development and popularize the development of unmanned aircraft systems as a whole ", - says Alexander Gurko, President of “GLONASS Union", head of the Working Group on development of unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft systems and air sports under the President Commission of the Russian Federation on development of general aviation and navigation and information technology-based global navigation satellite system GLONASS.

The Champions Cup prize fund is 2 million rubles: it consisted of a monetary certificate and a gift to pilots. All the top pilots received modern expensive equipment - digital video transmitter, using which pilots can see the track in digital quality and without any interferences, which significantly increases drone maneuverability. In addition, the winners of the competition received special prizes and gifts from the co-organizer of the event - the largest Russian TV provider "Tricolor TV": a set of equipment to watch satellite TV.


Winners in the individual competition:

1st place - Ilya Volkov, Russia

2nd place - Gurychev Alexander, Russia

3rd place - Fedukovich Kirill, Russia


Winners in the team competition:

1st place - Team Saturn.


Alexander Sorokin

Eugene Bufetchikov

Pit stop Engineer: Ruslan Temnov

2nd place - PJSC "Rostelecom" team


Ilya Volkov

Mikhail Korolev

Pit stop Engineer: Alexander Dushenin

3rd place - Venus team.


Vladimir Ivanov

Vladimir Terentyev

Pit stop Engineer: Sergey Kazimirov


The awarding ceremony was conducted by Igor Levitin, Assistant to the President of Russia, Chairman of the the President Commission of the Russian Federation on development of general aviation and navigation and information technology-based global navigation satellite system GLONASS, Alexander Gurko, President of the Non-Commercial Partnership "GLONASS", Alexei Kholodov, Director General of "Tricolor TV" and Boris Glazkov, Director of Strategic innovations center in PJSC "Rostelecom".

Organizer of the event is Non-Commercial Partnership "GLONASS". Co-organizers: Russia's largest digital TV provider "Tricolor TV" and federal mobile operator Yota. General media partner is LIFE, official music partner - Europa Plus TV, special partner - PJSC "Rostelecom".

"Tricolor TV" as the leader of the Russian digital television market has the task not only to offer high-quality TV to the viewing audience, but to bring TV to a whole new modern level. One of the key competences of "Tricolor TV" is to promote innovations in television. This applies not only to the introduction and scaling of new formats such as HD and Ultra HD, but also of the ways to create TV content. With the advent of drones and quadrocopters shooting capability and quality have increased dramatically. Now you can shoot video remotely, using unusual, previously difficult angles. Of course, we cannot ignore this new and promising for the Russian television industry. Therefore, participation in such events gives us opportunity to develop and promote the use of drones and quadrocopters, so we contribute to the creation of content, and wider – to new generation of television creation", - says Public Relations Director of "Tricolor TV" Elizabeth Kapralova.

"We strongly support drones use in business and sport drone racing in Russia, because we’ve already tested this technology in our processes. Since September 2015 mobile operator Yota the first in the world among telecommunication companies realized quadrocopters delivery of SIM-cards in Moscow. In addition, competition among professionals in practice allows to show all the benefits of drones, from high moving speed to maneuverability,"- says Yota CEO Vladimir Dobrynin.

Also, Drone Racing Champions CupHD was supported by the companies Huawei, Nokia, radio-controlled models shop "Brothers Right", TV Company «LIVE Production», "Expocentre", the Moscow Aviation Institute, "EDKOM" company.

The next round of Drone Racing Champions CupHD will be held in April, 2017 at the Expocentre, in the framework of "NAVITECH" Exhibition. Drone racing competition is the blend of speed, technology and genuine emotions which we invite everyone to experience with us!

Drone Racing Champions CupHD broadcast recording is always available via the link http://glonassunion.ru/pressroom/news/1/182585

Championship Gallery: http://glonassunion.ru/pressroom/gallery/kubokchempionovhd2016

All the latest news about the championship you can find at www.aerodrone.ru and www.glonassunion.ru

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