T3--Round 7: Autonomous takeoff and landing!

Inspired by the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, where massive points were given for autonomous takeoff and landing, we're going to do something like that here for round 7. So here's the DIY Drones T3 Total Autonomy Round--"Look Ma, No Hands!"


Contestant who takes off autonomously, flies autonomously and lands autonomously closest to their take-off spot---TWICE--wins. Distance from final rest and launch should be averaged over both runs. It doesn't matter what the aircraft does between launch and landing. One loop is fine.

Contestants must submit KML track AND video. Just set up your video camera on a tripod viewing your launch/landing spot. We want to see: A) your transmitter on the ground. B) the plane landing as close to possible to the launch spot. C) You looking very relaxed, doing nothing. Extra points for you in a lounge chair with a drink.

Entries must be submitted in the comments here by 12:00 midnight PST on Sunday, July 4th. Winners will, as always, get points for the cumulative T3 leader board and some cool prize TBA. Remember to tell us what autopilot and aircraft you used.


Q: What do you mean by "take off"? Is hand-launching allowed?

A: Yes. As long as your RC transmitter is on the ground, you can hand launch

Q: Why twice?

A: So you don't crash your plane into the launch spot and call that an "autonomous landing".

Q: What does T3 stand for?

A: Originally "Trust Time Trial" but since this round doesn't involve time, it's just for continuity. Trust is still operative, however.

Q: Is this an awesome time to try out the new autonomous takeoff and landing feature in ArduPilot 2.6?

A: Why yes, it is!

[Picture of Jordi Munoz not doing an autonomous landing at the Sparkfun AVC.]

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 9, 2010 at 10:58pm
If you have followed T3 from the start you will know that the points system is based on formula one, that's the car racing that includes right turns as well as left ones, big points are required this round.

So lets adopt the new 2010 F1 points scheme for this.

1st place 25 points
2nd place 18 points
3rd place 15 points
4th place 12 points
5th place 10 points
6th place 8 points
7th place 6 points
8th place 4 points
9th place 2 points
10th place 1 point

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 10, 2010 at 3:35am
can we adjust the contest to land in DESIGNATED place but not exactly on takeoff point. The catapult is on the way...

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 10, 2010 at 3:39am
What scoring for manual takeoff and automatic landing at designated place?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2010 at 4:16am
Kryz: Can you hand-launch instead? (Human catapult)

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 10, 2010 at 4:25am
Don't want to hand launch above 4.5kg TOW, and this is the weight of the prototype I can use.
Also I don't want to risk collisions, if I want to make a few dozen tests.
Maybe landing 50m from catapult at fixed location?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 10, 2010 at 4:35am
I don't see that being a problem Chris and also makes sense for people who don't have a fantastic approach to their fields if they try to land back at the start. As long as the landing point is designated before take off and is within VLOS ie 500m I guess its fine.

As Chris observes, trust is very much to the fore on this one.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 10, 2010 at 4:37am
I think I will use fixed coordinates and put a visible cloth in the landing zone.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 10, 2010 at 7:11am
Don't break your lovely looking plane Chris, made me think a really cool add on would be a go around button, if windsear or a thermal came through and you did'nt like the look of the approach flip the switch and have another go.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 10, 2010 at 7:33am
The idea is that I want to know the worst case scenario, just want to make a few more tests with the new catapult before something decomposes. The wing loading is around 90-100g/dm2 and it flies through the wind ok, we have only had problems with 8m/s wind gusts in manual mode in April. The idea is to use the plane the same way a reasonable customer would.
Anyway I have a lot of EasyUAVs to retune before all that.
Comment by Pbreed on May 10, 2010 at 4:22pm
Do Helicopters Count?



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