Announcing the official DIY Drones Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest

Thanks to the good ideas of Gary Mortimer and others, we're now launching a Trust Time Trial contest. The idea is simple: you set up four waywaypoints, spaced 200m apart, on your own field and time your UAV completing the course. Upload the data in the comments here. Best time on Sept 1 wins (I've got a prize this month--a new FunJet kit).

In the future, we'll add complexity and stricter standards to the trial, but this first one is easy:

1) Must complete the pattern as shown above, totally autonomously (go into auto mode before waypoint 1 and exit after you hit waypoint 1 again). The four points are arranged in a square, with 200m on a side (obviously the two diagonal paths are longer). Any aircraft/autopilot allowed. It doesn't matter how close to the waypoints you get, as long as you pass on the outside of them.

2) For this first one, altitude is not graded.

3) Fastest time to hit all points and return to 1 wins (one lap). Must provide GPS track with timestamps and on-board video. (If you don't have/can't afford a small onboard videocamera like the FlyCamOne 2, we'll let it go this time. But in the future: video or it didn't happen!)

4) Must also demonstrate that fun was had. Kids, picnics, silly hats, marching bands, something.

GPS tracks are best achieved with an onboard GPS datalogger, like the i-Blue 747 or smaller Sanav ML-7. But if you don't have one or don't want to add the weight, you can just capture the GPS track from your telemetry stream, although you'll have to figure out how to convert it to KML format to export to Google Earth (see below). If your Ground Control System has a built-in map+track function, a screen shot of that is fine, but it should be possible for people to check to confirm that your leg lengths are at least 200m.

Evidence data should include these four things:

1) Total time, along with aircraft and autopilot used. A photo of the aircraft would be nice.

2) Screen capture of path exported to Google Earth or an equivalent, annotated with waypoints and where autonomy began and ended. Here's a sample from Dean Goedde (waypoints and autonomy not marked):

3) GPS datalog file, any format

4) Onboard video, embedded from YouTube or Vimeo. [Not absolutely required but requested]

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Comment by Robert Drone on July 31, 2009 at 9:21am
Looks good! I hope to participate in one later on when mine (uav) flys......=]

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on July 31, 2009 at 10:14am
Can i play too?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2009 at 10:17am
Yes, Jordi, you can play;-) But please use your EasyStar and not your superfast FunJet, so that other people can have a chance!
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on July 31, 2009 at 10:30am
now that is a challenge now that Jordi participating.

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on July 31, 2009 at 10:31am
That's the business: invest one FunJet and get two, LOL.

I will not play anyway, then if for any reason i won the price, people will complain that we have some kind of underwater deal! =P I have no time anyway, better work in the next code and the "Secret Project".

Comment by Mark Colwell on July 31, 2009 at 10:51am
I will enter with OSD video. But i have a lot of work & testing to do.
Jordi I need help with Ublox sending data to Ardupilot, as I will need to use this for contest

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2009 at 10:57am
I'll submit an embarrassingly slow time (it's the windy season here) so people will have an easy one to beat.
Comment by george on July 31, 2009 at 11:08am
Out of curiosity, how fast is a funjet?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2009 at 11:11am
Depends what motor/battery you put in it. But they can top 100MPH. That will cost you in your turns, however!

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on July 31, 2009 at 11:16am
Mark, whats the problem?


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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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