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Vodafone sets Guinness World Record with 149.166 mph drone!

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Vodafone is a telecommunications service in the United Kingdom, and to promote their upcoming 5G network, an FPV drone racing champion and XBlades team member flew their racing drone about 149 mph and set a new Guinness World Record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Drone racer Luke Bannister flew a Wingcopter XBR UAV down a 328-foot track twice, and the average speed of both runs resulted in the “fastest ground speed by a remote-controlled tilt-rotor aircraft,” according to Vodafone’s blog post.

“Setting a drone world record at The Goodwood Festival of Speed gives us a glimpse of what is to come with the roll-out of 5G across the country,” said Vodafone UK’s Enterprise Director, Anne Sheehan. “With super-charged data speeds, we will see technology – including drones – put to new and exciting uses.”

Breaking the record

The motors on the Wingcopter XBR were modified to maximize speed, and it took more than just holding down the accelerate stick to pilot a record-breaking flight.

Guinness World Record

“There are so many things that can go wrong. The ESCs can overheat, the motors can blow out, the wings can break,” said Eric Thomson in VodafoneUK’s video.

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