3D Robotics

AVC Round One results

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:

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  • Nice job; yes if you had some pictures of all the DIYDrones teams it would be great.
  • T3
    Great job guys! Been following on ustream while working on my spa heater. I'm a little confused about the autonomous bonus times. I thought autonomous landing gave "Respect points worth the same as internet dollars", but now it appears they make an official difference in time??
  • Great work to everyone! Thanks for the update Chris. Those airplanes are hard to see in the ustream... If you can, it'd be cool if you posted a pic of every aircraft if you get a chance.
  • Great job Chris and Jordi.
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