T3 the Vertical Horizontal one


This one should be easy if you have any of the current crop of Kickstarter VTOL airframes, of course I will award less points so you might not win.

The task is simple.... (not)

Auto take off

Autonomous hover for at least 1 minute after take off

Transition to winged flight and fly no higher than 120m

Then circle radius 80m for as long as you can. (This makes the circle 500m a turn)

This of course points to the current delivery drone mania. To get noticed by Amazon try for greater than 24km about the distance their machine can deliver (apparently)

We will make this a six month contest as its hard. On the plus side its building time in the Northern Hemisphere.

For extra points some sort of silly cargo that makes me smile. Super bonus points added for an autonomous vertical landing as well. (All landings to be vertical)

If you can make a multirotor fly that far then all well and good, but I will be looking for the least amount of power used in event of a draw. 

The longest distance wins.

Good luck, I look forward to May 2nd 2016 and the fruit of your labors.

Glittering prizes TBA

Let the pointing out of my Swiss cheese thinking commence...

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  • Never did end up getting my Solo RevB GPS.  :(  Would have been nice.  I guess I'll have to stick a 3rd party GPS hat on my Solo like everybody else to get a working GPS.

  • 100KM

    Congrats Rob.  Funny I find it cool/novel to watch a heli autonomous flight video.  They definitely don't seem to get much love.

  • Developer

    Congrats from here as well. Good job Rob!

  • Developer


    Congrats!  Great work!  I was won over by your talk at AVC talk a few years ago (and perhaps some other conversations since) that Heli's are a really efficient platform.  There's tons of focus around new sorts of VTOLs while strangely the classic, well understood Heli is often overlooked.

  • Cool!  Just what I've been needing! :D

    Was just browsing this thread, and it looks like I actually forgot to mention that on May 2nd I did 40 km with the 1kg payload.  

    That was with a speed setpoint at 15 m/s and 100cm/s/s accelerations through the corners.  I'm not flying it at 20 m/s using the same power, and cornering at 300cm/s/s.  I haven't re-run the distance test yet, but 50km is virtually assured.

  • T3

    Congratulation Rob  :)

  • Couldn't go to a nicer guy - and what a useful prize as well!

    It is a real shame that helis have been so sidelined by all the hoopla around multis.

    For actual practical serious uses, the heli would be the obvious best choice a lot of the time.

    And the reality is Rob is the total, mainstay of helis.

    Hang in there, they will figure it out eventually.

    Best Regards to you both,


  • 3D Robotics

    Looks like Gary went AWOL. As site admin, I will step in and confirm: Rob is the winner!

    May I suggest a prize of one Rev B GPS unit for Solo? ;-)

  • Ok, since nobody else is, I'm just going to go ahead and declare myself the winner. :)

  • It's been a month... any decision yet?

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