X-Class

Giant FPV Drone Racing

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X Class Drone Racing is the worlds first giant drone racing league, hosting
races and special events for drones 800mm to 1200mm while promoting
innovation in technology for big drone racing. Experience the freedom of
large drone racing with X Class

 
 

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When is the next Racing Event?

2019 Maine X Class - Build, Tune and Compete - Drone Racing Series

We are excited to announce the 2019 Maine X Class Giant Drone Racing series! This year long schedule of events coordinated and operated by Maine Drones LLC designed to kickstart giant drone racing in the state of Maine. There will be sessions to discuss the process of design, fabrication, construction, electronics, tuning and most importantly competitive racing.

These amazing machines by hobbyists and professional mentors of the Maine Drone Society and leaders in the local MultiGP community. Our video production series will include live and pre-recorded content geared for entertainment purposes of the larger drone community.

Series Concept

2019 Learning to Build and Fly X Class Drone Series

The general concept of our 2019 Build, Tune and Race X Class series is for enthusiasts to work together as teams and compete is a statewide X Class Drone racing tournament. The year will be centered around five official events co-hosted by local AMA / MultiGP chapters. Each event will take cues of nationwide drone racing but focus specifically on traditional notions of the Maine wilderness and outdoor lifestyle.

The series will also feature demonstrations, builds to provide learning opportunities for aspiring X Class racers and fans to learn a little more information about why large scale drone racing is unique in the industry. Maine Drone Society mentors will work directly with aspiring racers on building and tuning their aircraft.

The series will culminate in a championship race where the winner will be receive cash and prizes from local sponsors as well as an chance to compete in the National X Class Championship Race in Houston, Texas.

X Class Demonstrations

X Class demonstration events are informal meetups held at various locations focused as Q & A sessions between X Class founding members and the public. Think of it as a easy way just to get together to talk about giant drone racing. X Class demonstrations are geared towards and attended by potential pilots, fans, sponsors, venues and marketing partners.

X Class Build Sessions

X Class build sessions are more formal instruction research and design sessions focused on the technical nature of building and flying high-speed giant drones. Build events are attended by paying students looking to learn about general UAV technology and in the process create their own X Class aircraft to compete with.

X Class build events are done at a central location but are also offered remotely over the internet.

Official X Class Maine Race Events

Official X Class Events that count towards the season points total co-hosted by MultiGP Chapters.  There will be a total of five events consisting of four qualifying races and one championship race.  You must complete in at least one qualifying race to keep a spot in the championship.  

X Class Maine Racing Series Schedule

March 10th

Winter Warm Up Series Pre-Qualifier hosted by MMRC - Poland, Maine

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  • Ice Fishing and Drone Racing

  • First Official Race (Winter) - January (Demo/Build),  February (Demo/Build), March (Race)

April 20th

X Class Spring Tuning Series Pre-Qualifier hosted by MRAM - Portland, Maine

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  • Spring race in a flower garden with trees and water

  • Second Official Race (Spring) - April (Race), May (Demo/Build), June (Demo/Build)

July 7th

X Class Summer Lovin’ Cruise In Series Pre-Qualifier hosted by Twin-City Maniacs - Brewer/Bangor, Maine

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  • Race car / Race track / Drive in inspired drone event

  • Third Official Race (Summer Early) - June (Demo/Build), July (Race), August (Demo/Build)

September 28th

X Class Bar Harbor Basher Series Pre-Qualifier hosted by 4 Rotor Racing - Ellsworth, Maine

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  • Outdoor adventure with rounds in multiple locations in Bar Harbor, Maine

  • Fourth Official Race (Summer Late) - August (Demo/Build), September (Race)

    • X Class Bar Harbor Basher - September 28th

    • https://www.multigp.com/chapters/view/?chapter=4Rotor-Racing-

Championship Event

November 10th

Maine X Class Series Championship hosted by MMRC - Poland, Maine

How do I Build an X-Class Drone?

Building an X-Class drone is similar to building a smaller FPV drone however, as the name implies it is X-Large.  With this increase size and weight comes complexities in the design, construction and testing of these aircraft. 

Overall Dimensions

While an common FPV drone may have a motor to motor size of 180mm to 250mm, X-Class Drones are a minimum of 800mm to 1000mm.

Frames

Motors

ESCs

Propellers

Power Distribution

Batteries 

Flight Controllers

GPS

Telemetry

Construction

 

What is Race Format for X-Class?

X-Class Qualifying Heats

Each team of three including the pilot, visual observer and team manager is granted one full battery of practice on the track by themselves.  Their fastest lap of the battery will be used to determine their race position.

This battery is dedicated to the pilots so they may become familiar with the track and the aircraft, and for fans to connect to individual machines & teams.

Each team will then be announced to the audience.  This includes an introduction of the team and a few words about it's members and most importantly their machines.   All general specifications of the aircraft and parts used can be shared.

X-Class Bracket Racing

For a bracket racing we require at least 8 pilots giving two qualifying races and the finals.  During the race each pilot will be assigned a Visual Observer/Spotter for safety precautions.  In addition, a field visual observer of the race must be available.   

Bottom Heat of Four

The bottom 4 of the qualifying heats will seed the the first race, the top two pilots of that race will move on. 

top heat of four

The top 4 of the qualifying heats will seed the second race, the top two pilots will move on.

finals

Finals consist of the 4 top pilots, head-to-head race for the most laps. 

What are the Aircraft Requirements for X-Class?

Frame and Canopy Size

  • X Class Drone Racing limits frames sizes to 1200mm motor-to-motor diagonally.

  • The aircraft must feature a canopy or 'body' that is a minimum of 5" wide and 8" long.

Motors

  • X Class Drone Racing motors typically fall between 400kv to 900kv in sizes 4114, 4120, 4220. T-Motors has the F1000 in 545kv to 635kv for around $120 per motor.

  • You do not need to break the bank to have a X Class drone. There are other options like the Racerstar or Bee Rotor in the $30 - $80 range. New motors are being announced all the time.

Fuel

  • The use of combustible liquid fuel of any kind is not allowed in races.

  • All batteries must be inspected by team managers prior to flight

  • Current 6s 5000Mah batteries are the typical size

  • Fire extinguishers must be to team managers at all times

Arming

  • The arming switch must be tested and demonstrated prior all flights.

  • Aircraft arming must be performed by switch or a yaw right sequence.

FPV

Markings and Lighting 

Call Sign

Airworthiness

Failsafe

Operator's 107 Certification

Visual Observer

Maximum Altitude

Safety Briefings

Additional Team Members

Organizational Memberships

 

Where are the X-Class Chapters Located?

Local Teams

National Chapters