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Micro Aero Autonomous Extremes

The challenge!

MAAXX Europe 2018 will be on 24/25 March 2018!

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FPV  drone racing is great, but we’re taking things up a level. MAAXX an indoor drone air race, simple as that. But there is a catch: the drone piloting can be done from a ground-station, but it must be fully automatic. This is not about human piloting skills; it is about building machines and systems that can operate without human intervention.

Wheels up – hands off

Everyone Welcome!

Fully autonomous racing is challenging, that’s why we’re doing it!

However, we want to make the barriers to entry as low as possible, so anybody can have a go. Drones and electronics are super-cheap, and the software is usually free. The course is simple enough that you can build a test circuit at home and develop your stuff. You really can pit your ingenuity against some of the largest aerospace companies and best Universities!

Even if you’re not an avid systems developer, there will be plenty of thrills and spills for spectators!

Venue

We have secured the prestigious Exhibition and Conference Centre at UWE, Bristol for MAAXX Europe.

Parking is included in the booking fee. Food and drinks will be available on site but are not included in the booking fee.

Main zone

The main area is the red Zone C on the diagram below. This will house the netted race area (roughly 40m x 20m x 4m) and the Pit Lanes.

Expert demo’s

The yellow zone below will house an additional netted zone for demo areas and opportunities to practice your flying skills with expert pilots from exhibitors and the University teams. This will be roughly 20m x 10m x 4m.

Masterclasses

We are also programming a series of Masterclasses around autonomous flight, control systems, and everything you need to compete at future MAAXX events (it’ll be a bit late to code a fully autonomous system overnight).

The course

  • The course is a long oval; the straights are 25 metres long and 2 metres apart.
  • The track is 2 metres wide.
  • There are put-in and exit lanes to allow the drones to enter and exit the race at any time.
  • The flying zones are fully netted off.
  • Course marking: red line, green line, wall-mounted triangles at ends.

The competition

  • Speed prize for the fastest 10 consecutive laps of the course. If no-one makes 10 consecutive laps, the prize goes to the fastest 5 consecutive laps.
  • Endurance prize for greatest total number of laps achieved during the entire competition.
  • Kudos prize for the most impressive tech or trick, as voted by the other competitors (software-controlled overtake anyone?)

The rules

  • Maximum vehicle take-off weight of 3 kg.
  • Maximum vehicle size of 1 metre in any dimension.
  • No combustion-engine powered vehicles are permitted. Sorry.
  • No human intervention is permitted once the competitor is on the course. Control from any ground-station equipment via wireless link is permitted.
  • Any wireless communications methods are permitted (e.g. Wifi, Bluetooth, XBee, 2.4GHz). However, we do expect all the competitors to co-operate with the judges to ensure EM compatibility between everybody.
  • Unlimited attempts are permitted, at any time during the competition. Competitors may fly whenever a flying slot becomes available. A slot is defined as no less than 2 meters from the nearest competitor on entering the course.
  • There is no limit on the vehicle configuration: fixed-wing, rotary, or hybrids are all permitted.
  • Deliberate or excessive bumping and ramming is discouraged. What is deliberate or excessive? You will know it, the judges will know it, and then they will red-flag you.

**The basic rule is “please, don’t be an idiot”.**

PLEASE NOTE: the course and rules are still provisional. We welcome your input on changes and additions that will make the racing faster, longer, and just better.

You need a yellow stripe along the floor to get a visual lock? No problemo.

You need a Wi-fi hub at the centre of the course to triangulate? You’ve got it.

Programme

Please note: this programme may change without notice!
We will advise registered teams and visitors of major changes.

Saturday – 24 March 2018

08:00-09:00 Registration for competitors
09:00-10:00 Registration for spectators / delegates
10:00-10:30 Welcome & Plenary Keynote – Professor Iain Gray CBE
10:30-11:15 Workshop / MasterClass Session Race Trials & Tinker Time
11:15-12:00 Workshop / MasterClass Session
12:00-13:00 Lunch & ‘Tinker Time’
13:00-13:45 Workshop / MasterClass Session Race Trials & Tinker Time
13:45-14:30 Workshop / MasterClass Session
14:30-15:15 Workshop / MasterClass Session
15:15-16:00 Workshop / MasterClass Session
  Close

 

Sunday – 25 March 2018

09:00-10:00 Registration for competitors
10:00-11:00 Registration for spectators / delegates & Tinker Time
11:00-12:00 RACE TIME!
12:00-13:30 Lunch & Tinker Time
13:30-15:45 RACE TIME
15:45-16:15 Awards
16:15 Close

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