The Extreme Physics Behind Drone Racing ft. @Jordan Temkin | Overview

The Extreme Physics Behind Drone Racing ft. @Jordan Temkin | Overview

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Two-time Drone Racing League Champion Jordan Temkin knows the feeling of personal flight. Come along for a ride with Jordan as we dive into the mechanics and the physics of FPV (First-Person View) drones.
Thanks to the @Drone Racing League for collaborating with us on this episode!

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  1. MeeKaaH on June 13, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    awesome! glad to see fpv getting more mainstream 🙂

  2. Ewan Grantham on June 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Have they come up with any FPV setups that will let you wear glasses? I tried getting into this a couple years ago, but none of the headsets that were any good had space for a pair of glasses. Has that changed?

  3. Frank Connors on June 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Jordan is one of the coolest people i have met. he’s skills are so smooth you can till he loves what he does go jet.

  4. Brendan D. on June 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm


  5. Patrick Barry on June 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    There is a fpv drone racing game on steam called DCL – The Game.

    What is the history of using drones to give people an expanded horizon? Perhaps the paralyzed or bed bound people.

  6. Teddy Hutcherson on June 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Not a single DJI drone or component was used in this video. Thank god.

  7. Robert W. on June 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    The finger-eye coordination needed, the ability to react in microseconds to avoid obstacles, is absolutely astonishing 👏

  8. Felipe Reigosa on June 13, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Screw personal flight, it would be too dangerous anyway. What I want is a direct neural link to the drone, instead of just vision, so I would feel that I *was* the drone, I would feel the wind in my face and the changes in gravity while soaring and plunging. That would be awesome.

  9. Charley Edwards on June 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    i need this in my life…..

  10. RC Ritter FPV on June 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    @4:50 Lithium Polymer batteries are much more volatile and combustible than the Lith Ion in the Cell phone.
    Lith Ion are safer and typically have smart battery management.
    Lipo are massively energy dense with Very High C rating. They are designed to dump energy fast.
    which are also prone to exploding.
    think you had it slightly backwards.

  11. Jake Langley on June 13, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    The 10 downvotes are the FAA 🤣🤣🤣

  12. ShortBus on June 13, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    This is a great overview video for anybody trying to understand FPV. I’ve been in the hobby and for over 6 years and I couldn’t have said it any better. It’s an extremely fun hobby

  13. Black Water on June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Watching the fpv footage makes me wanna fly my drone now. Lol. Quite nothing like it. 👍

  14. techno taube on June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    amazing video !!

  15. Philablasta on June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Add a fifth force of flight when it comes to FPV drones. Inertia, freestyle FPV pilots use it to their advantage and racers have to overcome it when making aggressive maneuvers. I love that PBS is spreading the passion of FPV!

  16. nerdCopter on June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    +1👍 💪

  17. Erik 567 on June 13, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    I think the lift is generated by 30% Newtons 3rd law, pushing the air down and 70% Bernoulli principle that if air has to cover an area greater than the air under the wing, it speeds up on the top of the wing lowing the pressure and hence sucks the blade up.

  18. Angry Kittens on June 13, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    These new Cyberpunk 2078 graphics are insane!

  19. stevo43068 on June 13, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Joshua Bardwell and It’s Blunty sent me here.

  20. Clark McCaw on June 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    JETfpv’s cinematic stuff is eye-popping. His reaction time in racing is not human. His voice is buddah. And a goer, eh flying in the rain ?

  21. _VideoLife_FPV_ on June 13, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Really great video, I really enjoyed watching it, and at the same time I learned something new.
    Thank you so much for this beautiful video!

  22. Alief Van den berg on June 13, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Great video!

  23. Alexander on June 13, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I came back here because there’s something really special about hearing someone talking about something with such passion. The love Joe has to drones brings a great energy to this video.

  24. Fritz on June 13, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    of course, at the moment, the lived experience of fpv pilots is staring at a gloriously distorted, low-fi analogue, 90s-like sd picture of the world.
    still cool, tho.

  25. GEN - X - 三FPV三 on June 13, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Flowstate the movie is about to be released to the public.

  26. Del Blevins on June 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Joe, the outside shots in the trees were amazing, how did you film it legally?

    as per

    You must have a visual observer to fly FPV legally

    And that visual observer has to be paying attention to the sky, not watching a monitor with the FPV feed.

    Just wondering how a visual observer could keep situational awareness as the drone zips back and forth through the trees? Was the actually never more than 20 feet away or was the the whole filming area surrounded by observers on radio?

  27. mikeallenfpv on June 13, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    JET! Haven’t even watched yet and already know I love it.

  28. Seattleite FPV on June 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    The 12 dislikes are from the FAA and Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery

  29. DJ BIS on June 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    PBS, thank you for showcasing the beauty that is FPV Drone Flight.

  30. Jared Smith on June 13, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Too bad the government’s busy trying to make all of this illegal thanks FAA

  31. Ashpoint on June 13, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I’m late, but Matt from SpaceTime sent me.

    Greetings from the physics nerds

    (also commenting to help the algorithm find this video)

  32. OVERFLY PT on June 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Super Great video I Love FPV 👌👍🤜🤛

  33. Kilo Foxtrot on June 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    This was great!

  34. Eric Allen on June 13, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    We need more mainstream exposure like this! Awesome!

  35. K_Nasty FPV on June 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    See you on Drone Nation App!

  36. Inverted Flow on June 13, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Great to see FPV having screen time on PBS!!! Thanks a lot Joe and the team!!! 😀

  37. DJ BIS on June 13, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    FPV Drone Flight truly is an out of body experience. Goggles make a big difference in creating this sense of flying which a screen just can’t.

  38. Andrey Lebedenko on June 13, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    0:12 — yes, I know *exactly* what you are talking about. It is so weird, shocking and fragile state of mind, but equally revealing. It has nothing to do with flying, but to our very existence.

  39. Parichehrmhrpyn on June 13, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Fascinating! I want to try …

  40. Lu Johnson on June 13, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve been flying FPV for almost 2 years now. It’s a wonderful hobby and lifestyle, but the FAA is doing everything it can to shut it down. Blind bureaucratic attack on a wonderful experience. Please fight for your children’s rights to build and fly their planes and drones. … It’s their right to reach for the skies, and ultimately, the stars.

  41. Seth Inman on June 13, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Funny thing is, LiPos are more explosive than Lion batteries, the main reason they’re used is their C rating. Their higher C rating means they can push out more amps, lion batteries can’t always feed as much power as the ESCs need.

  42. BobC on June 13, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Personal flight? Give paragliding a try. In the mountains, no motors, just you and rising air heated on the ground by the sun. I’ve had several soaring flights where I had to bring oxygen with me. And other flights that lasted over 5 hours. And talk about "FPV"!

  43. 狐夢美 on June 13, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I never thought I’d need something this much.

  44. Vince Xavier Gatela on June 13, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Deep look sent me here now Im a subscriber….😅

  45. Sebass FPV on June 13, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Heck yes. This is gonna be my career till I die.

  46. Christopher Wall on June 13, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Anyone else notice the DJI drone as a graphic when were talking about FPV lol

  47. WeHaveTheMeats on June 13, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Here after the poll

  48. Dani MS on June 13, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    7:08 "Maybe we have to wait a bit longer for scientists to make personal flight a reality"
    Seriously? That shows little to no research at all on the matter, what about paragliding and hang-gliding? They exist since a few decades already and they are literally that: personal flight without the need of any engines or batteries.

  49. iPiqqy FPV - Builds on June 13, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Amazing video👍

  50. Carl Neal on June 13, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    This was fantastic! Thank you making and sharing this!

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