3D Robotics

From Flight Global:


At least 100 teams from around China and the world entered vehicles to compete for roughlyUS$378,000 in prizes. It is possible that the event included the mysterious flying wing UAVreported on this blog last Friday, but we've found no references to it in Chinese news articles and videos already posted about the event. 

The most interesting design revealed by the Grand Prix is a flying-wing, tailed UAV submitted by Shenyang University, a school located in the same northeastern city as one of China's biggest makers of fighter jets.


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  • We also take part in the competition.


  • Geez, that is impressive! Hitting it at a slow speed is one thing, but that airframe is zooming right in there!

  • Hi Mark, I want to see this supercomputer in your plane :-)

    The deviation sideways is not the reason to use DGPS, it´s the altitude. And you need precise altitue (not necessarily from DGPS...) to get the landing spot right, which is needed for getting the wire.

    This would be the part of the T3 contest to be honest... I can try 20 times and hit the wire perfectly once... But to be able to fly the landing reproducable over and over is the hard part.

  • Developer

    360° optical flow will nail these landings every time. No GPS needed! Just a super computer...

    See Doug's landing with Auto Flaps !!  1 meter from center of air strip on APM  should work just fine...

  • Anybody got more information about technical details or competition rules?

    Autonomous landings were probably done with the help of DGPS, just my guess... Seems the only solution for this accuracy and if you watch the video (thanks Chris) at 00:14 you can see two tripods I know from RTK systems, correction receiver to the left and transmitter antenna to the right.

    And count me in for Garys idea! Carrier landing for T3!!!

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    Well lets make the next T3 a carrier landing then....

    The mystery UAV mentioned is flying in the first video... Its part of another program, standby for some word on that hopefully.

  • oh, yes, it's amazing, it had a nice landing in this video. however, I didn't know this news from our media.

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    Man, are we slackin', or what?   ;)

    Such a cool competition, too! Can't wait to try my hand at an upcoming T3 challenge.

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