AeroQuad
ATMOS
DHAKSHA
Extractor X
GremLion
HALO
Phase Analytic
SwiftSight


  • AEROQUAD
  • ATMOS
  • DHAKSHA
  • EXTRACTOR X
  • GREMLION
  • HALO
  • NAVYEOD
  • PHASE ANALYTIC
  • SWIFTSIGHT
  • Score
  • Final
  • 39.1
  • 37.3
  • 31.5
  • 32.0
  • 19.2
  • 47.7
  • 36.5
  • 30.5
  • 37.3

Sunday May 20, 2012

Sunday May 20, 2012
Last day with teams on-site. ATMOS and DHAKSHA fly their last baseline attempts.
Team ATMOS (Baseline)


08:00 -
Start setup; team intends baseline scenario using two UAVs in fully autonomous operations without video
09:33 -
First UAV Airborne
09:37 -
Second UAV Airborne
09:39 -
First UAV circling over the MOUT; second UAV passing the COW
09:40 -
First UAV down by shipping containers across from city hall
09:41 -
Second UAV circling over the MOUT
09:43 -
Second UAV down in the lake northeast of the MOUT
10:05 -
Both UAVs recovered with the help of fishermen on the lake; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 2 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 1 --- --- --- --- 1.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 12 --- --- --- --- 12.0

Notes: Team has two UAVs airborne simultaneously, both operating autonomously.


Team DHAKSHA (Baseline)


08:00 -
Start setup, pending flight clearance; team intends to test communications before baseline scenario (Team conducts communications test)
09:50 -
Resume setup
09:52 -
Airborne, transition to forward flight
09:55 -
Over MOUT
09:58 -
Circling the observation area
10:00 -
Lost control communications, UAV in stable hover with video to the ground station; operator en route to MOUT
10:05 -
Operator establishes local manual control
10:06 -
UAV lands on the bank under local manual control; ground station has video at the LZ
10:09 -
Airborne
10:10 -
UAV lands on the gas station; lost video; team intends to reposition UAV by hand to restore communications
10:16 -
Cease operations due to rain
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 2 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 4 2 --- --- --- --- 2.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 14 --- --- --- --- 14.0

Notes: For this attempt the team employs two antennae mounted to the man-lift approximately 75 feet above the ground. UAV transmits video from perch position in observation area to GCS at LZ.

Saturday May 19, 2012

Saturday May 19, 2012
Baseline attempts continue and DHAKSHA performs advanced behaviors.
Team Extractor X (Baseline)


07:30 -
Start setup; team intends full baseline scenario
08:41 -
Hover check
08:57 -
Airborne, transition to forward flight
09:01 -
Approaching ROC, struggling against gusty winds
09:02 -
UAV departs controlled flight; UAV down in a narrow strip of grass between a tree and the road by the ROC
0904 -
UAV recovered with damage; does not appear to have impacted the tree; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 9 --- --- --- --- 9.0

Notes: UAV dynamically unstable in winds from the NNE at 10 MPH at ground level.


Team Navy EOD (Baseline)


07:30 -
Start setup, pending flight clearance; team intends full baseline scenario.
09:30 -
Airborne; UAV departs controlled flight; UAV down in trees north of the LZ
09:33 -
Vehicle recovered with damage; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 9 --- --- --- --- 9.0

Notes: For this attempt the team employs a directional antenna suspended approximately 75 feet above the ground in a tree. UAV loss attributed to faulty motor controller leading to a loss of power to one propeller.


Team DHAKSHA (Baseline)


07:30 -
Start setup pending flight clearance; team intends full baseline scenario
10:31 -
Hover check
10:36 -
Airborne; transition to forward flight
10:42 -
Over MOUT traffic circle
10:44 -
Over gas station
10:47 -
Comms lost; UAV establishes very stable hover over the traffic circle; team en route to MOUT to assume local manual control
10:51 -
Before team arrives, UAV makes rapid descent to pavement with significant damage on impact
10:52-
UAV recovered; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 2 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 4 1 --- --- --- --- 1.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 13 --- --- --- --- 13.0

Notes: For this attempt the team employs a directional antenna suspended approximately 75 feet above the ground in a tree. Team has also constructed a small directional antenna and mounted it to their UAV.


Team ATMOS (Baseline)


11:15 -
Start setup pending flight clearance; team intends fully autonomous baseline scenario without video
13:49 -
Resume setup
13:51 -
Airborne, transition to forward flight with apparent difficulty due to wind
13:53 -
Passing the ROC
13:54 -
Lost control link to ground station
13:55 -
Entering the MOUT
13:57 -
UAV appears to transition to semi-hover over the soccer field
13:57 -
UAV down northeast of the bank with damage; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 1 --- --- --- --- 1.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 11 --- --- --- --- 11.0

Notes: Vertical take off and landing hampered by moderate winds that impinge upon large sail area of UAV in rotor-borne flight configuration. UAV performs well in wing-borne flight mode but is unable to land because of wind.


Team DHAKSHA (Advanced Behaviors)


15:30 -
Start setup; team intends to test repaired UAV and conduct baseline scenario and/or advanced behaviors in the LZ
15:52 -
Hover check
17:08 -
Airborne; team intends figure-8 (AB3) and comms out (AB1)
17:18 -
Figure-8 and comms out capabilities demonstrated as planned, including autonomous landing under comms out conditions; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 15 --- --- --- --- 15.0
Obj. 3 15 15 --- --- --- 15.0
Obj. 4 --- --- --- --- --- ---
Obj. 5 --- --- --- --- --- ---
Obj. 6 --- --- --- --- --- ---
Obj. 7 --- --- --- --- --- ---
Total 33 15 --- --- --- 33.0

Notes: Team demonstrates repairability by rebuilding their UAV. UAV is ready for flight 5 hours after the morning mishap.

Friday May 18, 2012

Friday May 18, 2012
HALO, Extractor X, and Navy EOD attempt the baseline objectives. Rain prevents DHAKSHA from attempting baseline objectives.
Team HALO (Baseline)


08:21 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
08:25 -
Airborne
08:27 -
UAV departs controlled flight; UAV down east of the road in the trees
08:36 -
Vehicle recovered with extensive damage
09:02 -
Cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 5 --- --- --- --- 5.0
Obj. 2 5 --- --- --- --- 5.0
Obj. 3 1 --- --- --- --- 1.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 11 --- --- --- --- 11.0

Notes: For this attempt the team employs a directional antenna suspended approximately 75 feet above the ground in a tree. UAV demonstrates erratic behavior during transition to forward flight, cause of failure is unknown.


Team Extractor X (Baseline)


07:27 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
08:22 -
Hover check; team suspends operations to replace failed servo
09:35 -
Hover check
10:00 -
Airborne; transition to forward flight
10:04 -
Past the ROC at high altitude struggling under gusty winds
10:05 -
UAV down in trees east of the road between the COW and MOUT
12:07 -
UAV located in the trees about 75 feet above the ground; cease operations (UAV recovered by local tree service on May 20th)
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 9 --- --- --- --- 9.0

Notes: Operator recovers UAV from multiple departures from controlled flight where vehicle performs uncommanded 360 rolls about the longitudinal axis (aileron rolls). After the last departure the pilot is unable to recover the vehicle


Team Navy EOD (Baseline)


14:40 -
Start setup, team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
14:55 -
Airborne
14:58 -
Over MOUT; operator loses video and control
15:00 -
UAV down behind cemetery
15:02 -
UAV recovered with damage; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 3 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 9 --- --- --- --- 9.0

Notes: For this attempt the team employs a directional antenna suspended approximately 75 feet above the ground in a tree. Mishap attributed to loss of video and command link between UAV and GCS.

Thursday May 17, 2012

Thursday May 17, 2012
ATMOS and HALO conducted on-site repairs and tests most of the day HALO
was set up and ready by the end of the day, but unable to fly due to heavy rain.

Wednesday May 16, 2012

Wednesday May 16, 2012
Blocks 2 and 3 attempt baseline objectives and ATMOS performs advanced behaviors.
Team Extractor X (Baseline)


07:23 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
07:42 -
Hover check
07:51 -
Airborne, transition to forward flight
07:52 -
Departs controlled flight; impacts trees before falling to the ground
08:03 -
UAV recovered with damage, team intends to continue with backup vehicle
08:15 -
Team unable to continue, cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- 3 --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- 4 --- --- 3.5
Obj. 3 2 --- 1 --- 2 1.7
Obj. 4 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- 0 --- --- 0.0
Total 8 --- 8 --- 2 8.2

Notes: None.


Team DHAKSHA (Baseline)


08:19 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
09:02 -
Airborne
09:05 -
Passing the ROC
09:06 -
Lost video, UAV holds position in a very stable controlled descent to approximately 40 ft. above the ground level remains in very stable hover
09:13 -
Operator driving to the MOUT to take manual control
09:13 -
UAV landed manually, team intends to continue attempt from the LZ
10:01 -
Airborne
10:05 -
UAV begins to lose video while flying near the ROC, team decides to return to the LZ
10:08 -
Touchdown at LZ, cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 4 --- 3 --- --- 3.5
Obj. 2 4 --- 5 --- --- 4.5
Obj. 3 4 --- 5 --- 0 3.0
Obj. 4 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 4 --- 5 --- --- 4.5
Total 16 --- 18 --- 0 15.5

Notes: First communications loss likely resulted from team members moving GCS equipment while UAV inflight over MOUT facility. After lost comms, UAV demonstrated extremely stable hover, maintaining precise altitude and position.


Team GremLion (Baseline)


10:35 -
Start setup, team intends to conduct full baseline attempt
10:59 -
Hover check
11:16 -
Airborne via manual control
11:17 -
Hover over LZ; switch to autonomous waypoint navigation
11:18 -
Vehicle appears to lose power and crash north of launch field
11:23 -
Vehicle recovered with extensive damage; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 2 --- 2 --- --- 2.0
Obj. 2 3 --- 2 --- --- 2.5
Obj. 3 0 --- 2 --- 0 0.7
Obj. 4 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- 0 --- --- 0.0
Total 5 --- 6 --- 0 5.2

Notes:Back-up UAV with modified landing gear used for this attempt. Overheated flight motor believed to be the cause of the power loss and subsequent mishap.


Team ATMOS (Baseline)


10:15 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
10:26 -
Stop setup due to technical difficulties
11:24 -
Resume setup
11:33 -
Airborne; transition to forward flight; unexpected autonomous behavior; operator assume manual control
11:34 -
Vehicle impacts LZ in forward flight; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 4 --- --- --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 0 --- --- --- 0 0.0
Obj. 4 0 --- --- --- 0 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- --- --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0
Total 7 --- --- --- 0 7.0

Notes: Team planned on using 3G cellular signals to transmit imagery from UAV to GCS. Team unable to solve interface incompatibility with Verizon cellular system and cannot transmit imagery from UAV to GCS.


Team NavyEOD (Baseline)


11:35 -
Start setup, team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
11:49 -
Airborne
11:52 -
Over the MOUT hospital
11:53 -
Descending over the soccer field
11:54 -
Pilot loses video and control of UAV
11:56 -
Over soccer field goal posts at an auto hover; trying to land but won't auto land without comms
12:02 -
Vehicle gradually decends with considerable forward motion until touchdown in grass and flipping over
12:05 -
Vehicle recovered by team; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- 4 --- --- 3.5
Obj. 2 3 --- 5 --- --- 4.0
Obj. 3 3 --- 5 --- 4 4.0
Obj. 4 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- 0 --- --- 0.0
Total 9 --- 14 --- 4 11.5

Notes: None.


Team ATMOS (Baseline)


12:10 -
Start setup; Team intends to fly fully autonomously, landing in soccer field for full baseline attempt
12:26 -
Flight check
13:05 -
Airborne
13:07 -
UAV passes ROC
13:08 -
UAV over MOUT circling west side of soccer field
13:14 -
UAV flys into soccer field after a long spiraling decent
13:15 -
Vehicle recovered with damage
13:17 -
Spontaneous team celebration; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- 4 --- --- 3.5
Obj. 2 4 --- 5 --- --- 4.5
Obj. 3 4 --- 5 --- 4 4.3
Obj. 4 1 --- 1 --- 1 1.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- 0 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- 0 --- --- 0.0
Total 12 --- 15 --- 5 13.3

Notes: None.


Team NavyEOD (Baseline)


13:40 -
Start setup; team intends to conduct full baseline scenario
13:50 -
Airborne
13:52 -
Over the ROC
13:53 -
Lost communications
13:55 -
Pilot reports intermittent communications
13:56 -
Vehicle gradually decends near gas station; moving forward quickly; UAV contacts grass and flips over
13:57 -
Vehicle recovered; cease operations
   
Judges Scorecard

Evaluator 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Obj. 1 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 2 3 --- --- --- --- 3.0
Obj. 3 3 --- 5 --- --- 4.0
Obj. 4 0 --- 2 --- --- 1.0
Obj. 5 0 --- 0 --- --- 0.0
Obj. 6 0 --- --- --- --- 0.0