There are six UAV teams entered in the competition this year.
- Jordi and me (ArduPilot with thermopiles on the old EasyStar we used last year)
- Doug Weibel (ArduPilot with the IMU on a SkyFun with elevons)
- A Paparazzi team from the University of Arizona flying Twinstars
- A flying wing with a custom Rabbit-CPU based autopilot.
TwoUAV Devboard teams:
- Ben Levitt with an Acromaster pattern plane
- Adam Barrow with a Parkzone T28),
We all just finished the first of three rounds. Results after round one:
- We did a conservative first pattern and completed it in a time of 41 seconds, putting us in second place
- The Paprazzi team completed in a time of 21 seconds and attempted an autonomous landing, putting them in first place
- Doug Weibel put in the fastest time at 14 seconds, but clipped a corner so it didn't count
- Ben's plane did a vertical autonomous take-off, which was awesome but went down when it was doing an autonomous wind-calculation loop. They haven't found it yet, but think might be on a nearby roof.
- Adam's T did a rolling autonomous takeoff, which was super exciting (just missed a tree), but then it too went down in the same place while doing an wind estimation pass. Fortunately they found it, but the plane was destroyed.
- The custom flying wing also did a conservative first run, and finished with a time of 59 seconds.
Here's Jordi tweaking code in front of the start/finish line: