Preliminary Mission Options  – Updated: May 17, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

(elements subject to change prior to kick-off)

  • Develop a Safety & Mission Plan
  • Scout & assess damage
  • Navigate through low altitude obstacles
  • Determine field conditions & obtaining field health data
  • Land on & take-off from unsteady surfaces
  • Activate an irrigation system
  • Retrieve a soil sample
  • Locate displaced livestock
  • Inspect a wind turbine
  • Re-seed a field
  • Investigate a possible UFO incident
  • Assist in a silo search & rescue – using an optional secondary micro drone
  • Returning to a moving platform towed by a farm vehicle

FARM-i-GEDDON focuses on key elements simulating real-world situations & was created using the framework for Next Generation Science Standards. Our 3rd annual challenge was developed by a volunteer committee made up of drone industry professionals, educators, college students & drone enthusiasts.

Preliminary Overview Sheet (.pdf) (v5-2019)

Team Specs

  • 2 NEW competition levels! – Middle/High School & College/Adult
  • Team Pilot(s) MUST be AMA Members at registration (Age 12-18 = FREE!)
  • Teams of 2 to 5 (or 7) on-field Crew Members – following new 2nddrone guidelines
  • At least 1 adult mentor required at competition for Middle/High School level
  • Utica competition limited to 24 total teams – 12 for each level

Drone Specs

Main Competition Drone & NEW micro drone specs will be posted prior to challenge release in September – including build requirements, size, motors & prop guard requirements.  If you need to order early – contact us!  The main competition drone specs will remain the same as FOREST FURY – as they seemed to work nicely.  Agreed?  Want an improvement implemented?  We’d appreciate feedback!  Micro drone specs will insure that the smaller counterpart drone can easily maneuver in our planned  “silo”.  Micro drone use will be optional and only needed for the tight space.

Competition Release & Registration Opens

  • Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Noon
  • Kick-Off Event – To Be Confirmed (We’re planning something NEW!)
  • Start a team & compete for less than $1,000 – ask us how!
  • Registration page and additional information will be found linked to this page


Anticipated Competition Date

  • Sunday, 4th@ SUNY Polytechnic Institute – Hosted by SUNY AMA UMASC & friends, To Be Confirmed


  • Tech Meets to be scheduled for November, January, February & March
  • Mentors available via phone, email or during scheduled hangouts for questions