The MASCOR Institute is participating the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC)!
Status report video:
Second status report video:
Learn more about our efforts in an press release on MASKOR's participation at MBZIRC (german).
There is press coverage (mentioning us) of the event as well:
Find us doing Challenge 2 from 1:26:00--1:27:28, 1:28:27--1:31:20, and 1:47:14--1:48:30.
Find us doing Challenge 1 from 4:16:53--4:26:16.
Find us doing Challenge 3 from 17:27--22:55 and 28:39--37:43.
Find us doing Challenge 2 from 6:12:54--6:32:05.
Find us doing Challenge 3 from 18:33--25:15 and 32:02--37:19.
Pay special attention to 22:40--23:50
The first run of team MASCOR can be seen 2:50:27--3:25:55. See the MASCOR team performing at 6:51:45--7:23:25. The aftermath of our run can be seen from 7:23:25-- 7:25:35.
You might also want to have a look at current scoreboard of the MBZIRC challenges
At the rehearsals we had problems with interferences causing our system to fail. Due to difficult wind conditions we couldn't show our best flying performances yet.
This is the most promising challenge so far: After some difficulties in our preparations we are now able to detect and approach the panel autonomously. The direct sun light is causing problems with our sensors and some other problems might be attributed to the high temperatures. There are still some tweaks we can do, so with even lesser sleep, we might be able to improve further.
An unexpectedly high GPS drift and strong winds complicate our UAV parts of the challenges. We are opting for teleoperation with FPV-cameras to grab at least some targets. This requires steady hands, although Obi Wan Kenobi uses to say "Flying is for Droids"! (Flying is for Droids longer version/context)
Yes! We managed to land the UAV on the driving truck 5 seconds before our time ended. *phew