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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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 1, 2015 at 6:43am


Since my Rover cannot hover vertically, I guess that the requirements of this T3 excludes ground vehicles?



Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 1, 2015 at 6:44am

Another challenge, cool! So are you disallowing multirotors?

Comment by Coby on December 1, 2015 at 6:56am

Kaman K-16: A boat, a plane and a helicopter.  How can you go wrong. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2015 at 9:30am

I hoped that would bring Thomas out Coby.... Maximum points if it flys,and floats. 

Not ruling out multi's but it would not seem to be what Amazon and Google are going for. Helicopters ought to put up a reasonable show as well.

It will perhaps come down to distance/maH or some other made up points system.

@Thomas, would it be right to say I had sort of forgotten rovers! I guess a rover could demonstrate as many stop starts at 0 - 90 - 180 - 270 as it could. Again with that 80m radius.

I think a rover must be carrying a weight for certain. I'm going to say 500g perhaps the rover crowd might convince me otherwise.

If that's a reasonable challenge I will add it above.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 1, 2015 at 9:52am

Ah, OK, my next question if you allowed multirotors would be if then rotating wings are allowed. ;)

So are you specifying some minimum weight?  For the Payload, or AUW?  Then, mAH/m/kg?  How to figure mAH consumed if using gas. :)

Can we fly a circuit and use odometry instead of just flying circles?  Flying an 80m circle for an hour, meh.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2015 at 10:04am

Look whatever manages to deliver my (insert chocolate or DVD or training shoes here) over the greatest distance and I suppose time could come in here as well. I don't want to wait hours and hours wins...

Yeah you can fly a circuit. If it spells out winner then even more points.

I am expecting everyone to use electric horses... Its what Amazon and Google are doing.

We might settle the VTOLs are better than helicopter arguments once and for all! (Very unlikely)

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 1, 2015 at 10:57am

Put some wind/weather tolerance requirements into it, and there won't be a competition. ;)  

Comment by Linus on December 1, 2015 at 11:18am

Nice move to put the ladder a few steps higher. Looking forward to the fun!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2015 at 12:18pm

@Rob I look forward to your helicopter entry ;-)

Comment by davidbuzz on December 1, 2015 at 6:52pm

Should I mention that Tridge has just put VTOL support into ArduPlane for a vehicle type called a quad-plane with a new mode called "HOVER"?    I'm seeing a few quad-planes in our future. :-) 

P.S.   for those wondering how different a quad-plane is from a firefly6 etc, it does NOT have any tilting mechanisms on any of it's propellers, and it has a always-pointed-forward prop at the front.     eg:


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