Vertical Robotics Competition FAQ
Drone Competition FAQ Section
This section has been designed to publish all of questions we have received from students, teachers, and mentors. In return we have provided the correct responses for the competition. We will continue to update this section as we receive new questions.
What is the role of both the spotter and the flight leader on the flight team?
What are the specs for the Porcupine Balls and the green balls?
Rather than providing the specs for the two special balls (porcupine and the green power ball), we decided to give a sample to each of the teams to use in the design efforts. Unfortunately we did not get those added to the Trinity and Richland drone kits.
Your mentors will be able to pick up those sample balls on Wednesday and can bring them to your teams at the next working session. Please coordinate with your mentors if you need to get them earlier.
This question was submitted on March 27, 2018
Troubleshooting Windows 10 and NAZA Software Drivers
Click here to read the PDF Manual if you are having difficulties getting the NAZA Software Drivers to work
Do Both Drones Need to Have Similar Configurations For The Competition?
Both drones must be exact replicas of one another. The intent and purpose of having a second drone throughout the competition is only to replace the first drone, should it malfunction or crash.
This questions was submitted on March 28, 2018
Section 3.3.6 States All Drones Must Have Working FRONT and Rear Lights. The Kit Comes With Only One Light. Section 3.3.1 Doesn't List an Exception for Adding an FRONT Light. What is the Ruling?
Only a rear light is required on each team’s drone. Teams are allowed to add more LED’s improve safety and visibility, but only a rear light will be provided in the kit.
This question was submitted on April 1, 2018
What Are The Safety Rules When Flying The Drones For Practice?
- Flight should be performed in a large room, a cafeteria or gym, with a 15ft ceiling or better. Avoid classrooms and hallways.
- A teacher or mentor is always present when students are flying.
- Pilots and teacher or mentors will lay out a line on the ground where students stay one side and the drone is flown on the other, the line acting as a visual barrier between students and drone.
- A student acts as a spotter and keeps others from walking into the flying area.
- If someone walks into the flying area, the pilot lands the drone immediately.
- Pilot and spotter must keep the drone insight at all times.
How will the video be relayed back to the user during the search and rescue event?
The simple answer is that your team will not have to assemble or practice using the camera. The flying for the search and rescue event will be completely based on line of sight and person-to-person communication.
Question submitted on April 15, 2018