A "Come Home" Button

The challenge! Forums ATC A "Come Home" Button

This topic contains 7 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  mikeisted 1 year, 8 months ago.

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  • #98

    Steve Wright
    Keymaster

    Hello Folks

    People have asked if it would be OK to have a “Come Home” button, that tells your drone to return to the pits at the end of the current lap.

    I say YES to this one – sounds like a fair ask 🙂

    Conversely, people have also asked for an “overtake” button: sorry folks, that’s definitely human intervention…

    Cheers

    Steve

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  Steve Wright.
  • #116

    mikeisted
    Participant

    For safety, is it worth stipulating that there must be a way for manual control to be assumed at any time? If that is not possible, then maybe a forced landing command or similar should be able to be effected?

    • #129

      Steve Wright
      Keymaster

      I don’t see a need to add this for safety’s sake, as the safety case is built on the netting protecting the outside from any mayhem that occurs on the track (marshalls probably wearing Kevlar body armour now that Michael has asked for 3kg 🙂 ).

      People are totally free to have their own abort/kill buttons though, to prevent damage to their P&J’s.

      • #133

        mikeisted
        Participant

        Cool. So there will be a netted area, but operators will be allowed within at their own risk. Sounds fine to me – I’ll bring the motorcycle gear.

        • #134

          Steve Wright
          Keymaster

          > but operators will be allowed within at their own risk.
          I don’t think that the Risk Assessment will allow that: I am thinking that we shall have an armoured marshall in there at all times to hand back proanged machines 🙂

          • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  Steve Wright.
  • #175

    Mark Palmer
    Participant

    If you have a return to pit/come home button anyone in the pits would have to ‘armoured’ within the pits to maintain safety.

  • #176

    Steve Wright
    Keymaster

    Hi Mark

    By “return to pits” I was really just thinking of leaving the track at the end of the next lap: the drone can just fly off the exit lane, or even just land and be handed straight back out of the netting by a marshall. Nothing too fancy in other words.

  • #178

    mikeisted
    Participant

    On a related note, can we fly the UAV on and off the track ‘manually’? So the scenario might be ‘feeding it in’ at a fixed altitude, using a controller to move it towards the track to acquire a lock. Similarly, coming off would involve intercepting it at the end of the back straight and guiding it off at the exit, again at fixed altitude using a joystick or similar.

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