With the plane down from the tree and taped up, we were the last team of the day to do the last run. The winds had picked up to 10-15mph, gusting even higher. We had one run to hit it. Jordi took off, went downwind and switched it into autonomous mode. It made the first waypoint (into the wind) easy and them zoomed by the second one, then took the third waypoint (downwind) really wide. Then it started heading back into the wind towards the finish line. Oh no, it looks like it's too close to the building and we're going to cut a corner! But then, at the last minute, the plane corrected, moving slowly into the wind, and drifted to clear the corner by about a foot. Then straight and true over the finish line!

36 seconds! First place! Hurray!!!!!

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Comment by Laurent on April 15, 2009 at 3:07pm
Felicitation from France !!!!!!

Comment by William Premerlani on April 15, 2009 at 3:10pm

I am really impressed, especially since winds were 10-15mph, gusting even higher. I am also impressed that you were able to stay away from the tree.


Bill Premerlani
Comment by Wendi Smol on April 15, 2009 at 3:13pm
Congratulations! I can imagine staring at the plane and thinking: turn, turn, turn... real cliffhanger.
BTW Crossfire doing a 1 mile circuit in 36 seconds requires an everage speed of ~~150mph!
Comment by Laurent on April 15, 2009 at 3:17pm
I am excited to see the videos and photos from this event and probably GPS tracks...in a tree...
And again thank you for having the sign on the live video!
Comment by Laurent on April 15, 2009 at 3:25pm
By measuring on Google earth I reach 30 km/h or 18 mph.
Comment by Michael on April 15, 2009 at 3:25pm
Congrats guys goes to show what a amateurs can achieve...

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 15, 2009 at 4:02pm
Well done,

I wanted to start with some inflamatory statement but realise it would have ended too wild in a forum!

Top job, look forward to a report that conveys the tension.

One day I would like to be at a competiton to experience the vibes.

Well done Sparkfun.

Maybe we could organise a postal honesty competion that all of us around the world might enter?
Comment by Torin Segstro on April 15, 2009 at 4:24pm
Brilliant! Ardupilot can only go up from here! (Pun intended!)
Comment by Reto on April 15, 2009 at 4:29pm
Congratulations from Switzerland!!! Super demonstration for all of us!!! You really deserve that one.
Comment by Paul Marsh on April 15, 2009 at 4:42pm
Well done. Congratulations.


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