COMPETITIONS

Delivering the future from African skies

Drone innovators will compete in a series of real-world scenarios, including pickup and delivery of a medical parcel utilizing electric vertical take-off and landing platforms, environmental sustainability, and safely abiding by the rules and regulations prescribed by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation and Military authorities.

The Lake Victoria Challenge is designed to showcase and test business models, processes and mature e-VTOL UAV technologies with high potential of near-term adoption for routine use in the Lake Victoria Region.

Three different use cases will be tested between Juma Island and a temporary droneport in Mwanza City: Emergency Delivery, Sample Pick-Ups and Find and Assess.

Each competition will have a prize incentive – in the form of a demonstration contract or service related to local customers. Further details to be announced.

 

There are three phases to the LVC flying competitions. The first phase involves completing an online registration form to explain how your drone system meet the different eligibility criteria for one of the three categories below.

Competition teams that successfully move onto phase two will be asked to virtually demonstrate how their drone can address specific user cases. Further details around this phase will be announced in April 2019.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to compete in phase three: the LVC Flying Competition in Mwanza between 25 and 30 November 2019, in front of an international panel of judges.

Competitors will also be invited to showcase their technology at the LVC Expo and Symposium, which is scheduled on 3-5 December 2019 in Mwanza. In addition, a separate registration process will be available for static displays and out-of-competition demo flights for the LVC Expo and Symposium.

 

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Emergency Delivery

Safely deliver an emergency package from the droneport in Mwanza to Juma Island at a distance of 20 km; then come back and safely land at the origin. No battery swap is allowed at the drop-off location.

Sample Collection

Pick up as many 250g modules as possible from Juma Island and return them to Mwanza. Several packages may be carried at one time.

Find and Assess

Successfully identify the GPS locations of pre-placed markers on Juma Island and perform a change detection analysis. Flights must be operated out of the Mwanza Droneport. The predetermined survey area comprises three square kilometers. The recommended minimum resolution to successfully complete the task is 20cm. Teams need to take off and return in Mwanza after completion of the survey and for each battery change.

A full description of each challenge's evaluation criteria and scoring elements is listed below

Emergency Delivery

The Aim

Safely deliver an emergency package from the droneport in Mwanza to Juma Island at a distance of 20 km; then come back and safely land at the origin. No battery swap is allowed at the drop-off location.

Evaluation Criteria

Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • Items were successfully delivered to the Juma droneport

  • No airspace violations took place

  • The cargo item arrived in full integrity

  • Standard Operating Procedures were followed

  • The cargo drop-off required minimal intervention at the destination location

  • No battery recharge was necessary

  • The aircraft returned successfully to the origin in a timely manner after dispatching the cargo

  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented

  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit

  • A C2 telemetry link was maintained at all times

Scored Elements

  • Quality and Accuracy of Delivery

  • Cargo Capacity

  • Range

  • Operations Business Proposal

Note: For this challenge the aircraft can either drop the cargo or land, drop the cargo and take off again with minimal human intervention for the offloading.

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Sample Collection

The Aim

Pick up as many 250g modules as possible from Juma Island and return them to Mwanza. Several packages may be carried at one time.

Evaluation Criteria

Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • Items were successfully picked-up and delivered at the Mwanza droneport by landing and taking off in the designated area in both locations;

  • No airspace violations took place

  • The cargo items were delivered in full integrity

  • Standard Operating Procedures were followed

  • The cargo pick-up and drop off required minimal intervention at the destination location;

  • High effectiveness and precision of autonomous takeoff and landing

  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented

  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit

  • A C2 telemetry link was maintained at all times

Scored Elements

  • Accuracy and Ease of Use of Pick Up

  • Maximum payload the drone has carried on a flight between Mwanza and Juma

  • Range

  • Operations Business Proposal

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Find and Assess

The Aim

Successfully identify the GPS locations of pre-placed markers on Juma Island and perform a change detection analysis. Flights must be operated out of the Mwanza Droneport. The predetermined survey area comprises three square kilometers. The recommended minimum resolution to successfully complete the task is 20cm. Teams need to take off and return in Mwanza after completion of the survey and for each battery change.

Evaluation Criteria

Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • No airspace violations took place

  • Standard Operating Procedures submitted by the teams ahead of the flights were followed

  • Takeoff and landing occurred successfully within the designated area

  • No airspace violations took place

  • UAV landed in effectiveness and precision of autonomous take-off and landing (hand launch with an automatic takeoff sequence is also considered to be an autonomous take-off)

  • C2 Telemetry link was maintained at all times

Scored Elements

  • To be confirmed

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REQUIREMENTS

The following information guides teams in qualifying for the Lake Victoria Challenge

Common Requirements & Performance Capabilities

Eligibility Business Model Any civilian team operating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) that are heavier than air
Design COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) Solution is market-ready and could be purchased by other teams presently or in the near future
Manual and autonomous flying modes Teams must furnish pilots that have demonstrated adequate piloting skills and documentation
MTOW (maxim takeoff weight) 25kg
BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) Team has proven BVLOS experience with its system
Operational Environment AMSL (Above mean sea level) Ability to fly between 1’100 and 1’400m (300m AGL max)
Temperature range & humidity Min 10°C, Max 45°C & 80%
Navigation, Communication & Surveillance Redundant Command and Communication (C2) Link Teams must provide redundant systems e.g. GSM/LTE and Satcom
Onboard Surveillance System e.g. Transponder Mode S, ADS-B, FLARM will be mandatory
Vertical navigation accuracy ± 10m
Lateral navigation accuracy ± 10m
Aircraft can maintain predefined holding points/patterns
Current industry best practice cyber security Malware protection, secured C2 links, encryped data
Onboard (selective and temporary) geofencing Autopilot can be configured so that aircraft cannot fly outside (or into) predefined areas
Flight Termination System (e.g. forced landing, RtH, parachute, airbag)
Ground Control Station (i.e. operator’s screen) Can be viewed by scrutineers, judges and safety officer
Documentation SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) Teams to submit along with their registration
Incident Reports Teams are to submit to a written incident report in case of accidents or mishaps
Operational Manual Teams to submit in English along with their registration

Flying Competitions

Pick-up Emergency Delivery Find and Assess
Propulsion System Electric* Electric* Electric*
Payload 0.25kg 1Kg Camera/video
Minimum Demonstrated Range 20km 20km 70km
Landing at Juma Droneport Extra Points Allowed Not Allowed
Automated takeoff/landing Extra Points Extra Points No Applicable
Automated pick-up/delivery/identification Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points)
Battery Swap at Juma Droneport Allowed Not allowed Not allowed
Flotation System (in case of water landing) Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points)
Onboard Sense & Avoid System (e.g. fishermen) Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points) Optional (extra points)
Link to LVC UTM Services (registration, ID, tracking, geo-awareness) Mandatory when provided Mandatory when provided Mandatory when provided
Weather (wind/ gust/ rain) 30/55km/h, light rain 30/55km/h, light rain 55/90km/h, heavy rain
*energy storage = battery or hydrogen
Note: Optional features will become mandatory in future editions

PRIZES

Big prizes for big thinkers

Each competition will have a prize incentive – in the form of a demonstration contract or service related to local customers. Further details to be announced.

 

Register Here 

JUDGES

Judges to be announced shortly. Stay tuned…