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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 competitionSpeed 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?)
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE: the course and rules are 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.