The full Team Drone Challenge Manual will be available to registered teams starting at Kick-Off. It covers everything from “Who can be on a team?” to “How big can my team’s drone be?” We’re happy to answer any of your basic questions at our Kick-Off – DRONE INFO DAY, this season on September 30, 2018 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY, or anytime by email or phone.
If you would like to ask a question about the challenge that has not been answered in the manual or is posted on this website, please add a comment below and our members will try their best to get an answer to you.
If you have question that has nothing to do with the Challenge, please ask it on the Community Q&A page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to have a 30’x60′ field to practice?
A: NO! We realize not everyone has access to a gym. A larger space is better, but not needed until basic flying skills are developed. Practicing indoors is best for beginners to learn the controls without risk of losing the drone. Just make sure to remove anything that could be broken by an impact with a drone. To reiterate, bedroom = bad, auditorium = better, empty gym = good. You can also fly outside, but make sure to start out on a large field with few obstacles. Also make sure it is relatively calm with no wind. Once you are comfortable flying then you can try more complex environments. Also to learn to fly First Person View (FPV), using a simulator is recommended
. If you crash in a simulator, you can just restart. Here is a video from Flite Test that explains how to fly a multirotor (drone): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6btEFJJD4_o
Q: How do I get the field elements to practice?
A: CNY Drones creates an annual Team Drone Challenge with cost in mind. Field elements are made with readily available parts to make it easy for teams to get started. Any exceptions will be made available to teams that register for the competition. We also provide registered teams with instructions for how to assemble field elements or recreate any needed heights or distances for practice. Elements generally require maneuvering through obstacles, taking off and landing, the ability to land on a moving object, picking up items, dropping off items, and taking photos or video. Additional elements, including any use of sensors, will be described in the Challenge Manual. We suggest starting with easier elements and working up to those that require higher level skills. Our Challenges are created to allow any team the opportunity to participate.
Q: How do I get help starting a team?
Q. Does CNY Drones assist in placing team members?
A. Sorry, we do not get involved with team member placement. We’ve made teams easy to form. We’re an OPEN competition! Start one on your own or bring the idea to your school. Our thoroughly planned low-cost approach makes it easy to get started.
Other questions? Just ask!