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Drones take over Champs-Elysees in Paris

September 21, 2016  - By

The first Paris Drone Festival took over the Champs-Elysées Sept. 4.

The afternoon festival included races and demonstrations of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In a cage topped by a 100-meter-long net, drones competed in races, going as fast as 100 kilometers per hour as drone operators guided their UAVs through a brightly colored obstacle course.

The festival had an educational goal, reports phys.org, with displays on the regulations, the drone’s various uses, and workshops on piloting them.

The festival also was an occasion for the postal service to demonstrate its delivery drone, which weighs 3.7 kilos (eight pounds) and can carry three kilos of mail over 20 kilometers (12 miles).

Behind the security gates, 150,000 attended, and 30,000 watched the live stream.

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