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  • Task and Rules Clarification

    Hi RoboNation and RobotX organizers, thanks for the release of the detailed rules and tasks document. Our team is very excited about the competition and have several questions regarding the rules.

    1. In the UAV Dynamic Qualifying Task,

    1.1. Can we clarify that inside the entire boundary (within the 4 orange cones), there will only be 2 flat objects (1mx1m) with the RoboNation logo (not the 'X' or 'O' mentioned in table 2)? And is this RoboNation object the same as that used as a helipad in the UAV replenishment task? And can this object be identified easily via the hyperspectral camera?

    1.2. What encompasses a successful detection of objects in order to pass this qualifying task? Must a swath similar to figure 4 be presented or specific detection of the RoboNation logo?

    1.3 Does the UAV need to relay image streams (hyperspectral/RGB) live during the task (or any other task), back to the judges in order to demonstrate successful completion of task? There may be teams who may not want to stream images live for radio bandwidth reasons.

    2. Regarding hyperspectral cameras, we are grateful that the organizers will be providing these cameras as they are extremely expensive. Is there a rough timeline when the specifications of this might be out? The size,weight, power and communication protocol of this hyperspectral camera could have huge impact on the UAV design and is crucial even for the qualifying task. Any details provided would be appreciated.

    3. During the Semi-Final and Final runs where multiple tasks are combined into 1, is there a requirement for the UAV to continually take off and land back on to the Surface Vessel or can the drone remain in flight between certain tasks? The UAV Replenishment and Wildlife Encounter tasks are the only tasks to require landing of the drone onto the surface vessel. Can the UAV land back on shore after completion of tasks instead of landing back on the Surface Vessel?

    4. Is there a rough timeline for when the first scoring document for the competition will be released?



    Looking forward to the replies. Thanks!

  • #2

    Hi Hashir,

    Thanks for your questions, hopefully the below answers them sufficiently:

    1. In the UAV Dynamic Qualifying Task:

    1.1 Can we clarify that inside the entire boundary (within the 4 orange cones), there will only be 2 flat objects (1mx1m) with the RoboNation logo (not the 'X' or 'O' mentioned in table 2)? And is this RoboNation object the same as that used as a helipad in the UAV replenishment task? And can this object be identified easily via the hyperspectral camera?


    That is correct - inside the entire boundary (within the 4 orange cones) there will only be 2 flat objects (1mx1m) with the RoboNation logo (not the 'X' or 'O' mentioned in table 2). Table 2 will be updated to reflect. These objects are different to the UAV replenishment task and can be identified with the hyperspectral camera. The Start and Finish 'helipads', however, will be the same as the UAV replenishment task.

    1.2 What encompasses a successful detection of objects in order to pass this qualifying task? Must a swath similar to Figure 4 be presented or specific detection of the RoboNation logo?

    The swath in Figure 4 was used to illustrate the use of the line scanning hyperspectral imaging camera. To pass this qualifying task, the two RoboNation 'R' and 'N' objects must be specifically detected and individual RGB renders of the two objects presented to the judges on completion of the task

    1.3. Does the UAV need to relay image streams (hyperspectral/RGB) live during the task (or any other task), back to the judges in order to demonstrate successful completion of task? There may be teams who may not want to stream images live for radio bandwidth reasons.

    The UAV does not need to relay image streams (hyperspectral/RGB) live during the task (or any other task), back to the judges in order to demonstrate successful completion of task. It is expected that required images will be shown after the task has been completed. In the 'Wildlife Encounter and Avoid' competition task, teams will need to access the spectral information, convert digital numbers to surface reflectance and compare the data against a database containing the hyperspectral spectra of the targets they must identify. This data reduction is small enough to be done on a microcomputer and the teams need only transmit the coordinates of the identified targets to the WAM V for navigation.

    2. Regarding hyperspectral cameras, we are grateful that the organizers will be providing these cameras as they are extremely expensive. Is there a rough timeline when the specifications of this might be out? The size,weight, power and communication protocol of this hyperspectral camera could have huge impact on the UAV design and is crucial even for the qualifying task. Any details provided would be appreciated.

    We will provide a technical data sheet to teams as soon as possible to provide teams with required information for their designs. I estimate by early August 2021.

    3. During the Semi-Final and Final runs where multiple tasks are combined into 1, is there a requirement for the UAV to continually take off and land back on to the Surface Vessel or can the drone remain in flight between certain tasks? The UAV Replenishment and Wildlife Encounter tasks are the only tasks to require landing of the drone onto the surface vessel. Can the UAV land back on shore after completion of tasks instead of landing back on the Surface Vessel?

    During the Semi-Final and Final runs where multiple tasks are combined into 1, the UAV can remain in flight between certain tasks if teams prefer. For the UAV Replenishment and Wildlife Encounter task the UAV must land back on the Surface Vessel and is not able to land on shore.

    4. Is there a rough timeline for when the first scoring document for the competition will be released?

    I will let Julianna Smith take this one.

    Hope that helps

    Kind Regards,

    Will

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    • #3
      Thanks will.carter!

      4. Is there a rough timeline for when the first scoring document for the competition will be released?

      The RobotX organizers are working on the scoring guidance and hope to have it to the teams sometime in August-September. We will have a clearer answer for you soon!

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      • #4
        Hi All,

        Just wondering if the Hyperspectral Camera technical datasheet is available?

        Also wondering if the initial scoring guidelines will be released soon?

        Thanks!

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