In Article 3.1.3 Payload Specification, the dimensions of the flour bags are not detailed. Are we going to use a specific flour brand or could it be anyone commercially available?
Answer: Flour Bags – we have not previously specified the make of bag or its dimensions; just commercially available 500g bags.Article 3.1.4 says "each payload should have a speed retarding system to limit its speed of impact at the ground". Is this mandatory or is it just a suggestion?
Answer: Retarding – in the rules “shall” is mandatory and “should” is advisory and so in this case it is not mandatory.Could you provide the distance between each waypoint and the distance between take-off zone and first waypoint in payload delivery mission, also the total distance of one lap in the endurance mission?
Answer: The coordinates of the waypoints will be published on the day of the competition. No further detail is available before then. The length of a lap of the endurance course is 1km (A.3.3).Do we have to carry gimbal, camera, image transfer modem etc. for both payload delivery and endurance mission? Can we take out payload drop mechanism for reconnaissance and endurance mission as long as we keep the outer fuselage design same?
Answer: No, you do not have to carry the camera etc. for the payload delivery or endurance missions but you will have to go back through scrutineering if you change the equipment fit. This will lose your flight slot and risk losing the opportunity to fly again if weather, etc. causes delays. Removing the payload release mechanism for the reconnaissance mission would also trigger a re-scrutineer.In the second mission, do camera images have to be transmitted in real time? Or the image processing & geo-tagging can be done later in ground station as well?
Answer: The greater the degree of autonomy and capability, the greater the points scored. A fully autonomous, real-time, on-board detection, with immediate data relay to the ground station, will score the most points (all else being equal).Do we get a point deduction from autonomous part in Mission 2 if we save the images into storage unit (SD card, flash drive etc.) during flight and plug in this storage unit into the ground station computer to identify location and character after the plane landed?
Answer: Yes.Which alphanumeric characters do we have to identify in the reconnaissance mission? For example: are the alphanumeric characters random combination of letters of word “TARGET”?
Answer: The characters will be any capital alpha from A to Z.Is the colour of central square red for all the alphanumeric characters or could it be any colour? The shape is given in Annex 4, p. 28 in the competition rules.
Answer: Red Background, White Letter, A-Z Upper Case.Could you provide mission scenario draft for endurance mission like you did for the first two mission in Fig. A4 and A5?
Answer: The mission will be laid out on the day of the competition with a lap length of 1km.Can we use different type of propeller and battery for different missions? Do we have to use only one type of battery and propeller for all 3 missions? For example: we used high capacity more heavy battery for one mission and low capacity battery for another mission. Is it allowed?
Answer: As in the above question, a change of configuration would need to be re-submitted to scrutineering.Payload numbers must be same in mission 1 and mission 3 or not?