DRL COO talks drone racing, adapting to COVID-19 with AUVSI

AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne recently sat down virtually with Drone Racing League (DRL) COO Ashley Ellefson to discuss drone racing and adapting to COVID-19. The two discuss how DRL has been able to keep on its promise of drone racing from a virtual setting and allowing fans to bet on the sport from home.

The conversation started around how the DRL team has managed to create a company with professionals able to produce the drones, capture the drones, and manage the live in-person events, and for it all to be stopped by COVID-19.

This then resulted in DRL pivoting to online drone racing, with events being streamed across the internet and on TV and then partnering with DraftKings to offer drone racing sports betting to give fans a chance to feel more involved.

Wynne then asks Ellefson about her history, creating courses for Tough Mudder and being one of the first to get the concept off the ground. This also was her connection into the world of drone racing as the DRL…