World’s Smallest Autonomous Racing Drone


The worlds smallest autonomous racing drone was made by researchers at TU Delft. The drone is very small with a diameter of 10 cm and weighs 72 grams. It has a single camera and a flight processing system. Other autonomous drones need fast processors and many high quality cameras to operate. This drone only gets important information such as thrust and drag force on the drone. The team raced on a drone race track where it flew at an average speed of 2 m/s. The benefit of having a much smaller drone is it has more space to pass through the gates.

This relates to engineering because it moves and forces air. Fluid dynamic engineers know aerodynamics which is the study of moving air. They design the propellers shape and the balance of the drone to allow it to fly.