The drone revolution is coming. What began as a military technology has exploded into a multimillion-dollar market, and the Federal Aviation Administration estimates the industry will top $90 billion within a decade.
Typically, personal drones have been used for things like aerial photography but now, these small machines are stepping into a new arena: cage fighting.
The drones used in this emerging sport aren't fancy, top-of-the-line models. Instead, these UAVs are less expensive and built for battle. Fighting drones usually feature durable frame, easily swappable components and easy access for quick tech fixes during fighting. Contenders try to knock each other's drone out of the sky three times in a row. And while the drones take a beating, the humans don't.
"I'll tell you, I've never been hurt in a cage," drone battle pilot Jason Bouslaugh said. "These are big enough to see them coming, they don't move fast enough always, so it's easy to get out of the way."