The five teams that made it past the qualifying did better than ever this year, but nobody won the $50,000 prize.

Here's a news report of the results. Excerpt:

"No team completed the mission with total success; however, the team from the University of North Dakota came within range of the mannequin, but the UAV failed when it dropped its water bottle payload too early.

The North Dakota team was awarded a $15,000 "encouragement prize" for its efforts in locating the downed mannequin.

Another US team made it into the vicinity of the mannequin, thwarted only by a technical fault that saw the UAV abort its mission and return to base."

From another news report, Team Robota, the winner of the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, came very close, too:

"The Robota team, also from the US, made it into the area in which Joe was located before a communications failure saw their UAV abort its mission - they won $5000."

The first video from Joes position is now out

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Comment by Simone Chiaretta on September 30, 2010 at 8:25am
It would be great if quadcopters could do such things, but I guess there is a lot of ground to cover before they could fly one hour without changing batteries :)
Comment by Uwe Gartmann on September 30, 2010 at 2:29pm
Awesome! I read the competition rules. This is for freaks. :-)
If you win the price, you are in business.

Comment by Brian on September 30, 2010 at 10:10pm

Comment by Graham Dyer on September 30, 2010 at 10:36pm
Makes me feel better, my UAV is also not co-operating...:(

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 1, 2010 at 2:18am
Video from Joes lost position is now out
Comment by PeteD on October 1, 2010 at 6:01pm
Had some drinks with team Robota while they were in Brisbane yesterday. You guys rock! Great talking to ya.
Comment by Andrew Dunlop on October 2, 2010 at 9:11pm
The UAV Challenge Results are up.


Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on October 3, 2010 at 10:17am
Can anybody summarize how was the actual coordinates solved by the UAVs: was it found by manually steered camera then the coordiantes was read out from onboard GPS via telemetry or something else?
Because there is one point in the rules I don't understand: the flight must be fully automatic after takeoff.
But how automatic is automatic?
After finding a target, you must alter the flight plan OR fly in stabilised assisted mode.
How was this solved by the participating teams?
Comment by Uwe Gartmann on October 3, 2010 at 1:26pm
This is my question too.

If you look at the distances to fly, this can't be done manually with the standard RC transmitter. The only links working here are Groundstation and Video. Starting would be manually by RC, flying to the search area trough the corridor is automatic. Also the the flight in the search area is automatic. If you find Joe by video you set several new waypoints to get a close flight path to Joe and drop then manually the bootle.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on October 3, 2010 at 3:50pm
You COULD use in practice a good 35MHz Graupner up to 3km. With some tricks maybe much more.
This is why I am not ruing this out. But the setup of radio links by the users is a mystery to me.
What were the orders of magnitude of powers? Any video of working groundstations (that should be available at least for the commission, according to contest rules)?


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