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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Comment by Ron Jacobs on April 17, 2010 at 11:29am
Great job Chris and Jordi.
Comment by Andy Geppert on April 17, 2010 at 12:30pm
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.

Comment by Brian Wolfe on April 17, 2010 at 12:56pm
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??
Comment by Paul Bizard on April 17, 2010 at 1:02pm
Nice job; yes if you had some pictures of all the DIYDrones teams it would be great.


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