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 Rob_Lefebvre on April 15, 2013 at 6:05pm

Yeah, and I really want to get a Heli entry in.  It won't be a winner but....  I managed to get it all tuned up for a successful RTL on Sunday.  So weather permitting, I should be good to go for this weekend.

Comment by James on April 15, 2013 at 6:35pm
What does the 2.9.2 code bring?

Sorry for the newb question
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 15, 2013 at 6:52pm

Much better inertial navigation control.

Comment by James on April 15, 2013 at 9:38pm
Ok looking forward to seeing the stability vids - thanks

Comment by Randy on April 16, 2013 at 12:30am

Hoping that the competition is still open.  Here is my attempt #2.  I stopped for 10 seconds at each corner and also reduced the speed between waypoints to 3m/s.  This plus some better tuning and a couple of small enhancements to the yet-to-be-released ArduCopter 2.9.2 made it perform much better than my previous entry.

This was done with a very small quad - a flamewheel 450 clone with a rather heavy 5300mAh 3S battery.

The full kmz file can be found here.  Unedited shaky video can be found here (once it's finished uploading)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 16, 2013 at 12:58am

Well blow me down, I have just clicked the link to say that it must be the 14th everywhere in the world now by quite a bit. So I will make the first call of the hammer, competition closing going once..........  Please let me know if you are crunching a video, preparing some pictures or whatever. I will close the comp later today unless I hear otherwise.

Comment by Randy on April 16, 2013 at 1:18am

At the risk of sounding like someone with sour grapes, and I'm not trying to take anything away from the awesome AQ entries but I'd like to point out that, as Rob pointed out in an earlier post, the AQ entries are probably using the controller's estimated position as the basis for the kmz/kml files while the APM entries are coming from the actual GPS and baro altitude.  That puts the APM entries at a slight disadvantage because they include the inevitable GPS and baro noise in the readings.

Comment by Bill Nesbitt on April 16, 2013 at 3:08am

Randy: Actually no.  Steve presented two 3D plots, both of them showing the actual LAT/LON reported by the GPS module.  One was showing the GPS reported altitude and the better one reported the barometer estimated altitude.  I'm not sure what Larry posted, but I suspect it was the same.

What you have there is a significant improvement.  I'm impressed with the progress.

Comment by Richard Boyhan on April 16, 2013 at 5:55am
One of the RC pilots at the air field asked can someone just edit a KMZ file and enter it? I've never looked at the format.

Comment by Randy on April 16, 2013 at 6:17am

@Bill, ok, txs for the clarification.  I've run out of ammo for pot shots now.  :-).

@Richard,  yes, I'm sure it's possible..the kml file is just a text file (the kmz is in binary so slightly more difficult).  To be honest, when the first AQ entry came along it was so good I had a quick look at it to see if it was a really obvious fake and it doesn't look like it to me.  For example, check out the little squiggle at the corner.  I think if someone just faked it they would mess up some details.

Waiting for the final announcement but a tip of the hat to the AQ guys and their developers (or maybe they are the developers).


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