Demos, races, classes, and more at LSC’s Day of Drones celebration

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Last weekend was all about drones at Liberty Science Center as we celebrated our latest Day of Drones event!

The fun began Friday, March 1, when LSC hosted the 5th Annual New York City Drone Film Festival. The adventures continued on Saturday when LSC was packed with wall-to-wall drone activities: a great experience for both experts and newcomers to drone technology.

In our Skyscraper! exhibition, guests watched tiny whoop drone races, and even immersed themselves in the action via FPV (first person view) goggles that allowed them to view the race from the drone's point-of-view.

<i><center>Tiny whoop drone</i></center>
Tiny whoop drone

<i><center>The racing pilots</i></center>
The racing pilots

<i><center>Watching the race via FPV goggles</i></center>
Watching the race via FPV goggles

<i><center>Watching the race via FPV goggles</i></center>
Watching the race via FPV goggles

We set up our drone cage, allowing guests of all ages to get experience flying a drone – many for their first time!

<i><center>At the drone cage</i></center>
At the drone cage

<i><center>In the drone cage</i></center>
In the drone cage

Upstairs in Governors Hall, we held a Drone Expo where multiple vendors showed off their impressive technology.

<i><center>At the Drone Expo</i></center>
At the Drone Expo

<i><center>At the Drone Expo</i></center>
At the Drone Expo

<i><center>At the Drone Expo</i></center>
At the Drone Expo

Guests enjoyed screenings of the winning films from the New York City Drone Film Festival, fresh off their victory the night before.

<i><center>In the theater</i></center>
In the theater

There were amazing panels throughout the day, such as a panel on closing the gender gap in the drone industry.

<i><center>One of the day's panels: Closing the Gender Gap in the Drone Industry</i></center>
One of the day's panels: Closing the Gender Gap in the Drone Industry

We also had classes on a wide range of subjects for different skill levels, including beginner and advanced.

<i><center>Gathering Quality Data class</i></center>
Gathering Quality Data class

<i><center>Drone University beginner's class</i></center>
Drone University beginner's class

But certainly one of the most thrilling parts of the day was when professional parkour athlete Milo Finnegan-Money showed off some impressive moves alongside the Skydio R1, a self-flying drone that follows you using trackers and artificial intelligence, recording great footage along the way.

<i><center>Balancing on the stair handrail</i></center>
Balancing on the stair handrail

<i><center>The Skydio R1 self-flying drone</i></center>
The Skydio R1 self-flying drone

Check out this video of Milo and the Skydio R1 drone in action:

What an amazing weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out. Be sure to follow us on LSC.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on all upcoming drone events at the Science Center.


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