Announcing T-3, Round 3: The Reliability Round

It's time for the third round of the third round of the second season of the Trust Time Trial (T3) competion! Now that the weather is improving, there are no excuses for not participating. Valuable prizes await!

This the Reliability Round. Our Judge, Gary Mortimer, describes the rules below:

--------------------------------------   RULES   ------------------------

Point of order first: All T3 entries should be flown away from built up areas. Should you have any fly aways or incidents its best to have them miles from anyone else.

The aim of this round is to show reliability.

A very simple task: autonomously fly to a point that you have chosen that is at least 300 metres from your takeoff point (100m for copters). At an altitude of 75 meters (25m for copters) autonomously take a single photo of your point, then return to launch, land (manually or autonomously) and do it all again. Repeat this for a total of five flights.

Your entry should show your take off and landing times for each flight as well as KMLs showing the slight path. As always, post your entries in the comments below.

Each individual image will be compared and the person with the most shots with the chosen point in the centre of the image wins.

Honesty is everything here, don't discover that by chance a point you didn't select is in the centre of each shot and then tell us that's what you were after all along.


If you can make something interesting with your shots extra points will be forthcoming

You might make a map using MapKnitter Have a look around here to find out what its all about hereDo something with Photosynth, ICE or any of the other similar mapping products springing up. Wouldn't it be nice to have a DIYD generated layer of opensource map images out there!

So in summary one day, five flights, five photos. Extra points for creative use of mapping software/services.

What you do with any other images is up to you. Impress us.

Why the pub challenges in the image above? Well I was looking at a dart board when I thought of it. 

As an aside the area in the picture will be underwater next year, a dam wall is being built on the right. The big circles are irrigation centre pivots just the sort of thing a farmer might be interested at looking at from a UAS


There will be three winners in each category (planes and copters), with the #1s getting a $100 gift certificate at the DIY Drones store and #2 and #3 getting $25 each.

All entrants who successfully compete the course with a copter, regardless of place in the judging, will receive a flying robot merit badge!

Deadline is Sunday, May 13th, at midnight PST. 

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Comment by Michael Oborne on March 31, 2012 at 5:38pm

i think ill be in on this one!!!

Comment by Mike on March 31, 2012 at 10:53pm

Wouldn't repeatability rather than reliability be a better description?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 1, 2012 at 12:03am

Well we shall see how simple this one proves....

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 1, 2012 at 1:25pm

Since my first quad flew only 20 seconds and is currently being re-built, I doubt I can make the MAy 13th deadline, but I might give it a try. 

A couple of clarifications please:

- Photo altitude only needs to be achieved over the photo location. You do not need to do the trip to and from the waypoint *at* that AGL, correct?

- "Copters" includes heli and multi, so any rotor wing aircraft, right? So a quad, only needs the 100m goal.

- I did not see any mention of batteries, so I assume that in the interval between the five flights, you can pitstop and change batteries? They don't have to be continuous, without refuel, right?

Sorry if I'm asking obvious stuff, first competition!! So excited, though I doubt I can do it, it will be fun and educational to try. It makes it so much more interesting to have a specific goal to achieve!

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2012 at 1:45pm


1) Yes

2) Yes

3) Yes

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 1, 2012 at 11:47pm

What Chris said

Comment by Tero Koivunen on April 3, 2012 at 7:16am

Maybe I try this one litle bit modified, low passes near launch point between "stages".

Comment by Philip Giacalone on April 4, 2012 at 9:43am

An interesting idea and challenge. Question, though... Does this require the use of a still image camera that is triggered in flight, or is it ok to use a video camera pointed down and then extract the single frames after the flight(s)?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 4, 2012 at 10:29am

@Philip, I'm not sure, that seems a bit like the "shotgun approach"?  Similarly, is it in the spirit of the competition to a camera shooting 10 fps continuously?

@Andreas, my opinion, but using the "copter" parameters for a helicopter is kind of an unfair advantage.  If I manage to do this, I might try the long range challenge with the copter.  I'm pretty sure it could fly the 5 x 2 x 50m distance on a single battery pack. I'd just have to do some touch and goes at the LZ.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2012 at 5:33pm

Philip: a still photo, please. 


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