GIF footage by the Drone Racing League

Do you remember the first time you tried flying a drone? And almost immediately crashed it into a wall? Experiences like that make it hard to believe that professional drone racers are able to pilot their tiny crafts at such impossible speeds without having some kind of super-human, X-men like powers.

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Part of what makes flying a quadcopter in the Drone Racing League even possible is that through the use of video goggles and a camera onboard the craft, pilots actually have a first-person view from the drone as it’s flying around. But don’t mistake easier with being easy—these pilots still have mad skills when you stick a controller in their hands. (Also, if you suffer from motion sickness, be careful watching more than five seconds of this.)

[YouTube via IEEE Spectrum]