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Drone racers set to swarm on Te Papa

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

Most people see museums as sanctuaries of quiet and learning, not places to indulge a need for speed.

Yet visitors to Te Papa will be immersed in an evening of thrills and spills on February 11 as 12 drone racers take to a track around the national museum's waterfront courtyard.

Wearing goggles connected to cameras mounted on the drones, the racers will control machines capable of racing from zero to 100km/h in two seconds and reaching speeds of 150km/h.

The competitors include New Zealand's top three drone racers, alongside five New Zealand representatives who competed at the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships in Hawaii.

Guests will watch along on a big screen feed from the mounted cameras with spectacular crashes promised as part of the allure.

"The crowd should be ready for some high speed sprints, aerial acrobatics, lots of thrills... and some pretty awesome collisions," says Te Papa spokeswoman Kate Camp.

"The sound these things make and the speed they travel at is phenomenal - they are incredibly lightweight, and designed to smash on impact when they crash."

The race is being held alongside Te Papa's Bug Lab exhibition about the science behind insect designs.

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