Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive. Ardupilots were made at Sparkfun in batches that ran out quick.

Lets try it again I suspect this time the challenge would really be flying it faster than somebody FPV racing.

Read about the first time here for hints and tips. 

As tech has moved on all aircraft types welcome lets make it not above 50m and 5 laps. All of course autonomous. Extra marks if that is from take off to landing.I will count the time from take off to landing so screaming dives to the start will not help. KMLs as evidence please!

UPDATE: Rovers (and boats) are also allowed! There will be a special rover/boat class, and you only have to beat other vehicles in that class. The course for such ground/water vehicles is 100m x 100m. 

I will accept FPV times for the sake of science and should they be much much quicker it will give the pure FPV crowd something to brag about.

An Easystar (yes before HK copied it) made one lap in less than a minute in 2009 so 5 in 5 minutes should be more than possible. 

As ever the time frame is flexible but why don't we all meet back here on August the 1st and find out who won!

Please add your entries and adventures below. Points are always awarded for silliness, just as long as its safe!

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 19, 2015 at 9:22pm

The gavel falls, its August 1st!

I will now in conjunction with Chris sort the results.

Comment by healthyfatboy on August 21, 2015 at 8:38am

Just as an update but here is a link to one of my better runs I got on video during the day.

I still had to take it out of auto once or twice during the run but you can see it navigating relatively well. There were a few close calls with the light poles in auto mode that you can see.

My setup is pretty lame with the compass not even level but I did the proper calibrations and it seemed to work well. I had to return the Pixhawk/GPS combo since it's finished but I can try to dig up a picture of the setup when I get home.

Comment by healthyfatboy on August 25, 2015 at 5:58pm

Any updates on results?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 4:25am

Coming very soon

Comment by David Anders on September 17, 2015 at 12:49am

Gents, perhaps we could close this challenge out?  And the challenge before too?  Some of us would like the T3 tag. (;

Comment by healthyfatboy on September 18, 2015 at 9:43am

Comment by David Anders on September 18, 2015 at 2:35pm

Ah excellent.  Thanks for posting the link here - I missed it when I was OS.

Comment by Dawid Preller on September 23, 2015 at 7:07pm

We completely missed that post too!!

Thanks for sharing the link healthyfatboy, and congrats on winning the rover class.

Thanks to Gary and Chris for organising and for the prizes! We received a new pixhawk in the mail yesterday..perfect timing to go into a new and refined Eaglet, picture attached :D

Looking forward to the next T3.

Comment by Dawid Preller on October 13, 2015 at 8:24pm

Hi all!

Just a quick link to the Eaglet page that we just finished (and are very excited about!!). 

ADR A44 Eaglet

Thought it might help answer some of the queries that we had. Cheers, Dawid


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