Challenge Results

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Embry-Riddle university is the winner of the challenge having successfully completed the whole mission autonomously.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,  100/100
Penn AiR, University of Pennsylvania,  80/100
Vanderbilt University,  30/100
Arizona State University,  0/100


“This is all extremely cool stuff involving innovative technology, and the harder everyone pushes each other, the more successful we all are.”
Kevin French, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“I think one of the main challenges out here is facing the difference between simulation and the real world. Everything works in simulation, but when you come out to the real world, sometimes you tell your drone to do something and it doesn’t do that thing. So the challenge then is how do you debug. In most applications, most of it is debugging and figuring out what your errors are rather than the actual development.”
Patrick Musau, Ph.D. Student at Vanderbilt University
“I think this competition is very interesting in that, one it is just an application of autonomy in a way, and I think that there are very interesting aspects of that which will be very beneficial in the future. If we can come up with safe ways to do reliable autonomy then I think in the long run it’ll be better for all of society.”
Patrick Musau, Ph.D. Student at Vanderbilt University
“My experience was pretty positive. I definitely had to learn and relearn a lot of things on the fly, and I think overall I’m now much more motivated to win next year.”
Devin Keating, Arizona State University

“This competition I think is by far the best with that respect. I think the rules are phenomenal. I think it’s really cool that you get 3 days to test and create your solution as opposed to a competition with a single make-or-break test flight where anything could happen in the setting and the elements that we are facing.”
Edward Atter, University of Pennsylvania