Its been a while so lets try again. Had a hangout with Chris and we briefly spoke about the next T3 round. Chris will work on a top prize ;-)

The mission is simple, get airborne climb to 20m 

Fly a cube with 50m sides, pausing for one minute at each corner, so your flight time cannot be anything less than 8 minutes..... Bonus points if you can stay longer at each corner....

The neatest cube KML wins.

If you can do this with a 3D aircraft I feel you would have a very strong chance of winning!

I will close the competition on April the 14th. I will be looking at where you are flying very closely. Please don't try this in public places or within 500m of any building / road. 

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Comment by Norbert Machinek on April 13, 2013 at 11:29am

Amazing job, Larry!

Here's a screenshot of your final cube. 

Comment by Christof Schmid on April 13, 2013 at 12:31pm

Larry, Steve

Thanks for representing AQ with such top results.

Way to go.




Comment by Scott Berfield on April 13, 2013 at 2:27pm

Well, thunderstorms this weekend so I am out - should have gotten off my butt last week when we had one nice day. Still going to try it when we finally get the weather for it - if by then I can get the field without a bunch of soccer playing kids on it. I THINK my little quad has enough duration with a 5000 mAH battery to just make it through the whole thing.

Comment by Bruno Guerreiro on April 13, 2013 at 4:29pm


I recently (this January) bought my first Arducopter Hexa B (indeed, my first RC vehicle). I've been learning to configure it and fly in some of the most common flight modes.

Although I'm not trying to compete with all you guys, who have tons of experience and neatly tuned vehicles, I'm just leaving here my entry to this challenge, as a small contribution to what I believe to me the most valuable asset of the community.

The KML file is available here, and an snapshot of my Arducopter's (almost) cubic trajectory is shown below. :D

I used Matlab to compute the (Lat,Long,Alt) coordinates from a basic (x,y,z) coordinates, and to generate a mission file compatible with Mission Planner (or MAVLink...). My maximum flight time is around 13 minutes, so I just spent 20 seconds in each waypoint (some were repeated) plus 5 seconds to turn the copter to the next waypoint before going for it.

Like some before me, I'm just happy to enter this competition and to be challenged to learn the details of APM.


Bruno Guerreiro

Comment by Bruno Guerreiro on April 13, 2013 at 4:34pm

Well, there was a typo in the KML link so here it is:

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 13, 2013 at 4:35pm

Nice work Bruno.  You should be proud of that, newbie or not.  But the fact that you did it with only 3 months RC experience, even better.

Just successfully running the mission at all demonstrates you've achieved a decent level of knowledge.

Comment by Scott Berfield on April 13, 2013 at 5:03pm
Very nice. FYI, for planning the mission, I just had Mission Planner generate a "circle" with a radius of 35 meters with four waypoints. This gave me a square with sides of app. 50 meters. Entered the lat and long into excel, then planned out the steps to draw that square 70 meters up then 20 meters up plus 2 ups and 2 downs at the edges. Only repeats are horizontals to save battery. Entered it into MP and now am watching marble sized hail come down. So it is all theory for now. ;)

Comment by Richard Boyhan on April 13, 2013 at 7:02pm
Excellent job Bruno. I don't know about you, but I've had a blast competing. I'm looking forward to next challenge. Again congratulations on a great job.
Comment by Enrico Bazan on April 13, 2013 at 10:13pm

Hi Larry, I'm curious. Which are the farming applications you have in mind (if you can share)?

Thank You


Comment by Scott Berfield on April 13, 2013 at 11:44pm

Is the AQ hardware available form any US distributors?


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