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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

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A drone's-eye view of the Natural Selection Tour.

The sheer size of the venues makes drone filming on the Natural Selection Tour not just aesthetically desirable, but also a logistical necessity.

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Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, marking the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.

The three-week-long event features competitive freeriding (a type of snowboarding) on wide open natural terrain, for which traditional forms of sports broadcasting have proven inadequate.

Freerider Travis Rice believes the use of drones will provide a more immersive experience for viewers, similar to that of a videogame.

Swiss aerial cinematographer Gabriel Kocher created a system using an X8 drone platform with eight motors, a customized gimbal, a full broadcast system, and a stabilization platform.

The system is agile, can reach speeds up to 100 mph, and requires an operator with athletic ability.

Said Kocher, "It lends itself really well to all of the action sports that are out there, extreme sports."

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