Program Director Donates to Hornets Nest

Program Director, Bill Reid, symbolically hands off the racing drones to Coleman software development student Ryan Jones outside of the ENVI facility.

This month the Coleman University Program Director for Cybersecurity and Software Development donated something incredible to the engineers at ENVI and Hornets Nest!  Bill Reid donated First Person View (FPV) Drone Racing League (DRL) Quad-Copters for the facility to use as part of their drone development initiative. Each Quad-Copter comes with a virtual reality headset that allows the pilot to see a live image from the drone’s point of view and drive it using the headset. Drone racing is an up and coming sport that uses three-dimensional courses that are custom built to challenge not only the pilot but also the drone itself. These drones are programmed to fly at speeds up to 120mph! The Hornets Nest that Mr. Reid donated to is the first indoor drone testing facility in San Diego, and is also a public facility that community members can use to fly their own drones and learn about the responsibility of flying by FAA-107 certified engineers. Coleman University students who are being mentored by the engineers volunteering at Hornets Nest will be the first to use these new drones. The Hornets Nest is excited to add these Quad-Copters to their inventory and develop courses in their facility for testing these racing drones on site. We thank Mr. Reid for his donation and we look forward to seeing these drones in action!

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