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CATEGORY D: AUTONOMOUS / SEMI-AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT
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OVERVIEW • • • • • • • Challenge Major changes Missions Competition Setup Rules & Regulations Scoring System Trials Page 2 .

User does not have direct control of the flight surfaces Page 3 .CHALLENGE To build an intelligent aircraft that can navigate an obstacle course while performing a variety of tasks. and must demonstrate feedback by being able to hover on a stationary position without user input for 10s. position. • Aircraft has to be either: • Autonomous: Able to detect and avoid obstacles with minimal control input from the user OR • Semi-autonomous: Able to respond to altitude. and velocity commands from the user using feedback/feedforward systems.

• For autonomous category.MAJOR CHANGES • New race course design. however. Page 4 . There will be no colour lines provided to guide the flying machine as before. the pilot is expected to fly by video from their video transmitter during the course at the assigned location. etc) inside the race course to perform autonomous flight (subjected to approval by the organising committee). teams are allowed to use any external aid (such as markers. • For semi-autonomous category. indicators. teams can put in place their own lines (as external aid) if they choose to.

• The maximum weight of the flying machine (inclusive of payload) has increased from 1kg to 1.5Kg.MAJOR CHANGES • Some changes have been made in the scoring system. Page 5 .

COMPETITION SETUP Conceptual layout of competition course Page 6 .

TWO SUB-CATEGORIES • Teams are expected to declare mode of flight – autonomous or semi-autonomous – at the point of registration. • Prizes will also be different. • Point scoring system will different for both categories. Page 7 .

Fully-autonomous aircraft should be able to demonstrate these additional capabilities : 1. 2. and release it over a target. Remote Surveillance To capture images / videos and transmit them to a ground operator. Payload Deployment To carry a ping-pong ball sized payload. and use that information to navigate. Indoor Positioning To sense its current position with respect to the obstacle course. Page 8 .MISSIONS All aircraft should be capable of: 1. 2. Obstacle Avoidance To navigate through obstacles in the competition course.

• Open to Polytechnic. total weight of flying machine cannot exceed 1. University students (including post graduate) and public. Public is ONLY allow to participate in Fullyautonomous category.5kg (including payload). • Each team is to design and build an autonomous/semiautonomous flying machine based on the following guidelines: • Off-the-shelf products (aircraft) and components are allowed in the competition. The team will need to demonstrate certain level of system integration. • For safety consideration. Page 9 .RULES & REGULATIONS • Each team comprises of 2-5 members. Team members must be from the same school.

• No internal combustion or gasoline engines will be allowed. Page 10 . Both brush and brushless motors are allowed. The TEN (10) minutes start after a maximum of FIVE (5) minutes setup time. • Only electric flight is allowed. No modification to the motors is allowed. • Each team will only be given TWO (2) attempts during the competition and a total of TEN (10) minutes per attempt to perform the mission.• The flying machine must be able to be radio controlled by off-theshelf radio systems. • No tethering or umbilical wires are allowed during flight. the repair time will be accounted for as part of the TEN (10) minutes mission time. • The team is allowed to repair their flying machine if it crashes during the flight. • The flying machine must carry a video transmitter. However. regardless of whether the setup has been completed.

28 MHZ and 29.4000–2.700–30.27. 40.•Only26.995 – 35.96 .000 MHz R/C Frequency ranges are allowed (set by IDA).p. 72.r.695 MHz @ 500mW e.p.665 – 40.p.83 MHz @ 500mW e.225 MHz @ 100mW e.r.28 MHz @ 100mW e. 2.p. 34.p Page 11 .4835GHz @ 200mW e.r. •Only the following frequencies are allowed for videolink: 26. •Team must register their R/C frequency with SAFMC officials prior to the challenge week.p.r.r.13 – 72.77 – 40.21 MHz @ 500mW e.96 – 27.r. 40.

NOTE: For more details please check out the Challenge Booklet on www. There is no limit on the number of batteries used.sg/safmc/categories. •Submit two 4R sized photo during presentation. •Teams are to bring their flying machine during presentation and show a short video clip of their model plane flying capability.php Page 12 . •No charging of batteries within the competition hall.com. in series or parallel.dsoamazingcompetitions. Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries are allowed.•Only Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po). No major changes to flying machine after presentation.

The Championship Award goes to the highest scoring team. and each of the scoring components (S. The weightage of the scoring components are listed as follows: Factor Name Smart Factor (team’s ability to leverage on MMI tools and concepts) Aerial Platform Factor (design of flying machine) Weightage 15% 25 % Mission Accomplished Factor (tasks successfully completed by the 60 % flying machine during the flying circuit) Total Note: Exact scoring details can be found in the Challenge Announcement Booklet.SCORING SYSTEM There are a total of 3 scoring components. A and M) will have a value of maximum 100 points each. MMI : Man Machine Interface 100% Page 13 .

capped at -6. No point will be given if you skip / fly over this obstacle Page 14 . 5 Points will be deducted for any collision around the doorway. 10. -2 points per collision against the walls. 5. Minimum of 4 points awarded for successfully navigating past all the corridors regardless of number of collisions.MISSION SCORING SYSTEM Flying Tasks Takeoff from the runway Enter the doorway Allocated Points 10 points. 15 points for successful flying through the doorway. 0. 15 or 20 points will be allocated based on the final position of Precision Drop of payload the payload within the target patch Navigating past the corridors Maximum 10 points.

No point will be given if unable to land at the designated area or the flying machine fall off from the landing platform. 5 Points will be deducted for any collision around the window. 15 points.Flying Tasks MISSION SCORING SYSTEM Allocated Points All numbers: 15 Seven numbers: 14 Identify telephone number Six numbers: 12 Five numbers: 10 Four numbers: 8 Three numbers: 6 Two numbers: 4 One numbers: 2 No number: 0 All numbers must be identified in the correct sequence. 15 points for successful flying through the window. Summation of points (100 points) Page 15 . Clear the exit window Precision Landing Mission accomplishment factor (M) Team members have to read out to the referee what they see.

sg Page 16 . Email safmc@science.edu. Multi-rotor Flying Machine Building and Training Clinics 19 Jan – 10 Feb 2012 (TBC) *Click here for details. Flight Testing Session Venue: Singapore Polytechnic Badminton Hall Dates: 26th Feb 2012 (TBC) (0900hrs – 2200hrs) NOTE: Please book your test slot.TRIALS Clinic Sessions Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic LT S-2 Dates: Introduction to Flight & UAVs Workshop 17 Dec 2011 (TBC) Click here for details.