The Engineering Edge Review

By Ben Everard. Posted

HackSpace magazine columnist Lucy Rogers is also available in other formats, including audio. In her new podcast The Engineering Edge, Lucy is looking into different applications of engineering. In episode 1, Lucy goes drone racing, and finds out how racing quadcopters are built and flown.

At the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) National Championships at RAF Barkston Heath, Lucy finds out what goes into a 500g racing drone (that’s about the same weight as a cup of tea, or this magazine), and learns what it would be like to sit in the cockpit, as she watches a race with First-Person View (FPV) goggles.

The audio is recorded in the field, so it’s full of the sounds and atmosphere of the event. Lucy gives a good account of what it’s like to turn up to a drone race for the first time, and brings us uninitiated listeners with her. She’s guided through the format by some of the racers who explain what happens, and how they built their racing drones.

Future episodes will come out monthly, until Feb 2020, and look at other areas of engineering. You’ll find The Engineering Edge on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and all good podcasting apps.

The Engineering Edge isn’t actually a new podcast, but the follow-on from History Makers, where Lucy, along with Bec Hill and Harriet Braine (who aren’t back in the new series), looked at the past and future of various technologies such as space exploration and AI (this full series is available to download now).

Our biggest complaint with The Engineering Edge is the release schedule. Maybe it’s just us, but a monthly release schedule makes it a little difficult to get into. We’ve listened, and enjoyed the first one, and now there’s a full four-week wait until the next one. That does, at least, give you time to catch up on History Makers while you wait, if you’ve not listened to it before.

At 20 minutes long, The Engineering Edge is a short dose of engineering, perfect to punctuate your walk to work or a quick trip to the shops. Be careful though; it may make you want to build a racing drone.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

A little injection of engineering to brighten up your day.

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