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    Hi RoboNation and RobotX organisers, I have created a new thread vehicle-specific WAM-V and UAV regulations (copy pasting from as yet unanswered posts from myself as well as Leigh from Mason team in the general regulations clarification thread):

    Pertaining to the UAV:
    1. What are specific details surrounding the buoynacy characteristics of the UAV? This was mentioned briefly in point 5 under "5.2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Requirements" in the rules and Requirements document, but there was no reference to it in "4.3 Unmanned Aerial vehicle Static Safety Inspection" nor in "4.4 Unamnned Dynamic Qualify Task". Would the drone be placed in the water, or would it be dropped from a height and be expected to surface by itself? On a related nopte, there was a mention of a document detailing the safety checklist that we would design the UAV to be in accordance with. Could we check when we would be getting that?
    2. When would we be expecting an arrangement of the collection/finalisation of the Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) camera from Sydney Photonics? This is so that we may plan for it's mounting on the UAV.
    3. For the safety return-to-home, could I clarify that it should be a standalone wireless trigger, or would we be able to remap one of the buttons on our Transmitter? Or would either be fine?
    4. Can the UAV do preliminary mapping of the course before task 1 begins assuming it is autonomous?
    5. Can the WAM-V have a ground control laptop? The UAV subteam has said they were told no so we are clarifying
    6. Can we cut into the aluminum pods to place the batteries? The prior technical papers showed them doing it but we just want to double check
    7. Max payload is specified as 300 lb. but Max additional load is specified as 485 lbs. so is 300 lbs just for the weight on the platform or for any material/systems that is not the WAM-V?
    8. UAV: we need the weight and dimensions and whether or not the HSI camera doubles as an RBG camera and if so, what is the resolution and the type of lens. (If its wide angle or not)
    9. We are planning to use our UAV to do an initial survey of the course and provide an array of coordinates to the Wam-V to assist with obstacle avoidance for the paths in task two. We understand the entire system has to be autonomous and plan to run this entire mapping and coordinate data transfer without human interaction after we hit start. Is this an acceptable use of the UAV in the competition?
    Thank you to the Robonation team on behalf of Team Bumblebee and Mason team for all the hardwork so far! And looking forward to the replies!