FPV racing drone follows mountain biker through narrow streets in Valparaíso

The mountainous Chilean city of Valparaíso is characterized by many narrow streets and stairs. A challenge for downhillers. For that reason, the city is the annual backdrop for the Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo, where mountain bikers from all over the world make breakneck descents. This year, rider Tomas Slavik was followed by an FPV racing drone throughout the track.

Big challenge

A team from Dutch Drone Gods was flown to Valparaíso to make the recording. There was a lot involved in realizing the one-take shot of Tomas Slavik’s descent. Flying through the narrow streets is a challenge in itself. But signal loss between the dense buildings is an even bigger challenge.

For this reason, a number of directional antennas were placed on the roof of a high-rise building, in order to cover the entire route as well as possible. In addition, the FPV racing drone was equipped with a special signal amplifier to transfer the video signal to the pilot’s video glasses as powerfully as possible. But even that was no guarantee of a stable video feed.

Ultimate FPV racing drone shot

During practice, the signal regularly dropped, resulting in a crash. During the first real descent of Slavik, the course could be flown completely, but a roof was hit. But during the last downhill, the flight went really well, resulting in the ultimate one-take FPV drone shot!

Fpv Racing Drone Follows Mountain Biker Through Narrow Streets In Valparaíso 1

This article first appeared on Dronewatch and is written by Wiebe de Jager who is also a DroneXL contributor.

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Wiebe de Jager
Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager (@wdejager) is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

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