T3 season two, the multirotor one.


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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  • why would we want drones to go mainstream, i think many will agree if that happens then regulation is going to come down like a hammer

  • the px4 is ridiculously expensive to match the same functionality as the APM 2.5 what gives?

  • Developer

    Congrats to the winners!  that was a good event and useful for me in terms of setting a specific goal to help improve performance.  I hope we do more of them....of course not before Sparkfun AVC.

  • Moderator

    Sorry for the delay, my fault posted the results here basically its like this

    1 Steve Westerfield, AutoQuad, longest loiter in each corner 42 minutes between 3 and 5 minutes at the corners

    2 Aerhead, AutoQuad, a really great looking cube

    3 Richard Boyhan APM, for trying so hard. 

    Choosing winners seems not enough. I appreciate the hours of thinking before flight planning that everybody has put into this.

    Well done all.

  • I'm interested in the results too
  • Hi All,

      It is now 4 days since this neato contest ended.  Who won?;)



  • FUn following this and trying the one (kind of badly) time. Got me pretty interested in the AQ stuff as well. One thing that I have been unable to find is any sort of real guide to using the Mission Planning part of Mission Planner. MOst of it seem self-evident, but there are obvious gotchas - like how to change altitude in place, how the jump logic works, etc... that I have not seen well covered. 

  • Bill, I agree with both of your statements.

    Given the impressive showing on all sides in this round, it will be interesting to see what Gary comes up with next.  It's going to have to be challenging!

  • Moderator

    Ok all, I am bringing the hammer down and will converse with Chris and we will choose the top three.

    This has been a great contest, proving that friendly competition can push things forward and focus the mind. Well done to everyone!


  • As I said earlier the data shown in the KML are raw LAT/LON coordinates recoded from the UBlox module.  We seem to getting back to the outside observer requirement rather quickly :)

    I think that you will soon find out that there is more to integrating a GPS module into a system than connection its serial lines to the MCU.  Hardware design considerations including antenna selection, ground plane, signal routing and EMI defense are essential if you are going to get the best possible performance from your GPS module, especially in a noisy environment such as ours.

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