Rules for the Flying challenge
The competition taskTo construct a flying machine that is able to deliver a payload over a specified path in shortest possible time. Path is specified within designated area with obstacles. In the first year of competition, machines may not be autonomous, remote control can be used.
ActivityThe basic task is to fly predetermined path within designated area and with a payload as fast as possible. Start is from the ground starting line and the finish is also a line marker on the ground. The time will be measured from the start line takeoff up to the successful landing on finish line. Overview of race area is shown on Figure 1.
Fig. 1: Overview of competition's area
SpecificationsRace area is at least 10 meterts long, 3 meters wide, 3 meters high and it is protected by the safety net. The machine has to fly over the wall 2 meters height, then through the ring with an inner diameter 1.5 m and finally under the arc with inner dimensions 1.5 m x 1.5 m. Distances between obstacles are approx. 2.5 m. The weight of the payload will be 250 g. The payload will be the can of the energy drink and will be provided to the competitors during the registration in the day of the contest. Payload has to be firmly attached to the flying device.
Fig. 2: Top view of the race area.
Size and dimensions of the flying robot
Robot can be a flying vehicle able to fly heights 0 to 3 m. It can be a plane, a helicopter, multicopter or airship with maximum allowed weight up to 2 kg. Maximal allowed speed of flight is 10 m/s. Machine dimensions cannot exceed the cube with the sid 1 meter long. There is an exception for airships, those can be long up to 2 m (1 x 1 x 2 m).
Operator has to be able to control the robot anytime.
SafetyNot satisfying the safety rules leads to the disqualification.
The machines and their operation must follow local laws for UAVs. Just an electrically propelled machines can compete, and they must be visibly labeled with their registration number. Airships can use only the inflammable and non hazardous gases. Vehicles cannot contain the sharp parts, except propeller blades.
Contestants are participating voluntarily and on their own risk. fully responsible for their machines. Organiser accepts no responsibility for contestants flying machines other equipment damages.
All contestants can attend the race only after homologation. Homologation will take place before first flight and consists of following checks:
- machine has to be able to fly in heights from 0.5 to 3 m
- competitor has to prove his ability to safely control the machine at all circumstances and demostrate his ability to turn off machine with safety switch.
- robot has to follow all safety rules.
Order of competitors, race organization
Race will take place in indoor environment. Order of competitors will be randomly selected before the start of the competition. Order of competitors then stays fixed and cannot be changed. Each competitor will have 3 attempts to fly. If he does not start within 1 minute after the call to start, he is losing its try. The judges can declare additional qualification round. The flight can be at any time interrupted by the judge.
Each competitor has max. 5 minutes for each single attempt. The time is measured from the moment when the last part connected to the device lifts over the floor. The time measurement is stopped after correct finishing in the finish line. Any touch with floor, safety net or obstacle means penalisation of 5 seconds.
Winner will be the machine with the shortest time.
Judges can decide to award an additional prices, for example for the most innovative construction.And of course, all the common rules are valid.