Official Star Wars Drones

Hold on to your helmets: unveiled in London yesterday by Propel, four official Star Wars drones—a speeder bike, an X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon and a Tie fighter. The quadcopters promise to fly at up to 40mph, do 360-degree tricks, and even feature “laser-based fighting mechanics that let up to 24 quadcopters battle simultaneously mid-air.” They’ll be priced at $200-$300, but won’t be available in the …

A Drone’s View as It Flies Through a Racecourse

Drone racing is set to become the sport of the future, and the World Drone Prix (WDP)—which offers a generous $1 million in prizes—is already staking its claim as the sport’s Superbowl. A dizzying video of the event’s most recent race has popped up, displaying the masterful piloting skills of UK teenager Luke Bannister—who won the $250,000 top prize along with his 43-person team. Head …

Take a Ride in This Passenger-Ready Drone

At CES in Las Vegas, Chinese drone company Ehang unveiled a 500-lb quadcopter, called the Ehang 184, capable of transporting a human. The personal, pod-like drone employs four arms and eight propellers to transport a person (up to 220 lbs) at speeds reaching 62-miles-per-hour on a 23-minute trip. Navigation is controlled through an on-board app, which allows flyers to select their destination and then sit …