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 Jared S on May 28, 2015 at 7:15am

An entry and an exit in 24 hours!

Comment by Jared S on May 28, 2015 at 7:33am

F3D is amazing. Imagine trying to tune gains at 200 mph, 60 seconds at a time. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 28, 2015 at 8:32am

Well um yes Jared

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 28, 2015 at 6:11pm

Ok, I have an entry.  Sort of.  I think it cut the corners a little bit.

I sent the Iris up first to get a feel for it.  Set the WP Speed at 15m/s.  That's about all she's got Keptin!  Throttle was running about 80-100%, pitched forward 30 degrees. I did have the draggy tall legs on it.

Took 418 seconds legs up to legs down.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2015 at 12:38pm

Flipping heck that's amazing when you consider the tracks the first time this was run. 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 29, 2015 at 1:47pm

Yes, it's amazing how well the tracks line up, it's hard to see there are 5 there.  The straighter tracks are from the beginning and ending, as it was flying straight waypoints instead of splines.The smoother figure 8's are 5 splines stacked up on top of eachother.  Wind was minimal, which helped.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2015 at 8:00pm

I did this with the new Solo, which is pretty blazing fast for a copter: 93 seconds! Here's my log (third run).  Those are pretty straight tracks for a 15knot wind

Comment by Randy on May 30, 2015 at 9:08pm

Looking good, 14m/s (53km/h or 33mph).  But I think the rules are that you need to fly the pattern 5 times?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2015 at 9:13pm

Read the instructions??? Who has time for that?

(blush) Will redo with the required 5 :)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2015 at 3:09pm

Okay, I did it again, this time five times ;-). 406 seconds, in a very gusty 15-20 knot winds, but I didn't optimize for fast takeoff and landings, so I suspect Rob still has me beat.  Will try again when there's less wind. 


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