Contest idea: DIY time trial. Fastest GPS track wins

Gary Mortimer has a good idea: a DIY time trial contest, where you time your UAV flying autonomously over an agreed-upon course. You upload GPS track, time and, onboard video. Fastest time each month wins something cool that I'll donate (like a Funjet kit).

What kind of course would work best for this? For starters, how about this: a square, 400m on a side. Must complete three full circuits in fully autonomous mode. Carry an onboard GPS datalogger or datalog from your telemetry stream and upload the file (so people can see timestamps).

How does that sound?

(pic stolen from Gary's comment below)

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Comment by Robert Drone on July 30, 2009 at 11:29am
By the way I think it is a great idea and I definently attempt to compete once I get my uav flying. I think the funjet is a great idea because it adds to the competition and anyone could use a funjet. =]
Comment by Ryan on July 30, 2009 at 12:41pm
I take it there is no size on aircraft or restriction on power etc or is it got to be below a certain size. Im just asking as my new aircraft is 3metres in wingspan and powered by a .51 engine......

Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 30, 2009 at 1:18pm
No limits!! But I bet around 500m a smaller aircraft will make faster turns or rather smaller radius turns. That will allow it to get around in less distance.

Still we will see won't we!!

Comment by Rory Paul on July 30, 2009 at 1:55pm
I am in....

Comment by Ios on July 30, 2009 at 2:34pm
Figure 8 with 500m legs,.. got it :)
I'm travelling tonight going interstate, and I've taken my flying wing along for some fun over the weekend,... hope its ok to use a flying wing,... If there is anyone from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia interested to come watch and have some fun with me flying, your welcome to contact me :) I can also be found at Bill's Fish Shop in Eaglehawk over the weekend!!
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on July 30, 2009 at 2:41pm
I guess the question is how many have a working UAV? I in once is done and running.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on July 30, 2009 at 2:52pm

500m is way HUGE. My spacing in cropduster pattern is 200m. Also those 1234 visiting order in fastest flying track gives something that has noting wiht number eight.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2009 at 6:30pm
Sounds good. How about this for the official rules:

1) Must complete an X (or 8) 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.

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

4) Must also demonstrate that fun was had. Kids, picnics, silly hats, marching bands, something.
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on July 30, 2009 at 8:26pm
Can the gps track and time stamps be done without a logger or telemetry. If so then now i need video and telemetry. Is crappy video ok :)?
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on July 30, 2009 at 8:28pm
And whats the radius? Because people can set theirs bigger than others and get to the points quicker. So there needs to be a specified radius of when the plane is considered to be at the gps point.


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