Aerial Sports League Ramps Up for Maker Faire Bay Area

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Aerial Sports League Ramps Up for Maker Faire Bay Area

The Aerial Sports League, self-described as “one part X-Games, one part NASCAR & one part MMA,” is returning to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend for its third year to host possibly their largest drone games yet.

Drone sports have only been around for a few years, but the ASL’s prominent 16,000 sq. ft. tent at the 2016 fairgrounds reflects its wildly growing popularity — since its inception in 2013, the San Francisco-based ASL Meetup group has grown to over 1,000 members.

This is the first year that the ASL site at Maker Faire will be indoors, where the newly installed light-up racing track can glow in all of its TRON-inspired, quasi go-karting glory. Here’s a sneak peek of more than 3,000′ of custom-ordered industrial pool noodles that ASL Founder Marque Cornblatt posted to Facebook that are being installed for the games:

We’re looking forward to three days of sport drone design competitions, propeller-to-propeller combat, and watching the world’s leading FPV drone pilots race for fame, cred, and a trip to World Maker Faire this September in New York. The ASL tent won’t just be a spectator sport — Faire attendees will be able to try their hand at piloting in simple, toy-scale drone training sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a taste of the action, check out the last ASL bonanza at World Maker Faire 2015:

Get your tickets today to join in on the fun this weekend at the San Mateo Fairgrounds.

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Sophia is the managing editor of the Make: blog. When she’s not greasing editorial gears, she likes to run, ride, climb, and lift things, and make lo-tech goods like zines, desserts, and altered clothing. @sophiuhcamille

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