General Lake Victoria Challenge Questions (6)
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The objectives of the LVC are to Convene and promote the best drone ideas, technologies and practices for the Lake Victoria Region, to Catalyze, demonstrate, validate and reward aerial delivery services that will transform distribution services in Africa; and to connect local and global entrepreneurs with regional decision makers and strategic investors.
The Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC) asks what could happen if Africa was no longer bound by surface infrastructure. The Challenge explores new territory made possible through the advances in autonomous aerial technologies (drones) that can significantly improve transport and mobility in rural and remote areas. A gathering of global investors, thought leaders and experts at the forefront of drone technologies with local African government, regulators, media and businesses, the LVC aims to build a global community and support industry while working through the regulatory, safety, cultural and community implications of this new technology.
Phase 3 of the LVC Flying Competitions are planned to take place on November 25-30, 2019 in Mwanza, Tanzania. The LVC Symposium and Expo are planned to take place on December 3-5, 2019 in Mwanza, Tanzania
The Regional Commissioner of Mwanza and the government of Tanzania are committed to continuously improving transport, mobility and economic opportunities for citizens. Standing as the most densely populated rural area in the world, the shores of the Lake Victoria basin are home to over 35 million people who are ready for change – people who need to be connected not only to the humanitarian need of medical supplies but also to wider economic and commerce opportunities.
According to World Bank estimates, Africa needs to spend $38 billion more each year on transport infrastructure, plus a further $37 billion on operations and maintenance to sustain its current level of development. A significant financing deficit lies between Africa’s current reality and the mobility that it both needs and aspires to.
Cargo drones have the potential to augment existing rail, road and sea systems; to connect excluded communities, enhance the resilience of supply chains, and create new markets and services connecting urban and rural opportunities while also addressing the sustainable development goals.
General Competition Questions (24)
This may be considered, however contestants must provide appropriate safety work and stay within limitations (i.e <400 ft)
Yes, however, each of three LVC Flying Competitions has different requirements, which each need to be met.
Yes, a terrain model will be provided of Juma Island.
GPS Coordinates and a profile of the landing sites will be provided to contestants that make it to the Phase 2 qualifying round.
Full registration opened on March 1, 2019 and closes midnight (GMT) on April 25, 2019. Potential competitors can pre-register by submitting an expression of interest. The expression of interest is non-binding and lets the LVC team know that you are interested.
There will be three (3) flying competitions as part of the 2019 Lake Victoria Challenge program. These include Emergency Delivery, Sample Pick-Up and Find and Assess.
There is a planned maximum number of 12 teams who will compete in the LVC Flying Competitions.
A schedule with assigned time slots will be given to competition teams, however, plans may change if needed according to air traffic and weather.
The prize will be a three (3) month demonstration contract worth USD$100,000.
There are three qualifying phases of the 2019 LVC Flying Competitions:
Phase 1 involves completing a registration form, including a video of the drone in flight. Phase 1 closes at midnight GMT on April 25, 2019. Applications that meet the minimum requirements for each of the Flying Competitions will be invited to Phase 2.
Phase 2 of the qualifying process involves participants providing detailed information about their proposed business case for the competition they have entered, including safety information. Phase 2 participants will be provided with detailed information on the sites and load specifications. The Phase 2 submission deadline is July 15, 2019. An expert panel will review each submission and select up to 12 participants to enter Phase 3. The Phase 3 qualifiers will be announced early August 2019.
Phase 3 comprises of a live demonstration of the drone system in Mwanza, Tanzania, currently scheduled between November 25-30, 2019.
Competition teams will be flying in Class D controlled airspace, segregated from conventionally piloted aircraft with tracking via a UTM system.
Teams that have successfully qualified to Phase 2 of the LVC Flying Competitions will be notified and provided detailed information in mid May.
The judges will consist of a panel of experts in supply chain, aviation, safety and management from both Tanzanian and global markets.
The Lake Victoria Challenge has been created to advance the work of creating a sustainable drone ecosystem in Africa. Given this, each of the LVC Flying Competitions addresses both a challenge and an opportunity to augment mobility from rail, road and sea; to connect excluded communities, enhance the resilience of supply chains, and create new markets and services that connect urban and rural opportunities.
Yes, we will provide basic infrastructure. Teams will be asked to submit special requests for consideration as part of the building process.
3rd party liability insurance covering at least 1 m USD needs to be provided by contestants. More detailed requirements can be found in the competition section of the website.
There may potentially be multiple aircrafts on the range at once, however this has not been finalized yet. Please stay tuned.
Yes, there will be space to rehearse basic flight tests and limited time to rehearse the flight tracks. We strongly recommend teams allow time for practice and rehearsal. The landing and take off sites will not be the same as during the trial.
Flights may continue through slight rain.
The names of teams that succesfully qualify to Phase 3 will be published on our website.
Given the overarching objectives of the LVC, the number of flying competitions may vary from year to year.
Technology Related Competition Questions (16)
Are there other significant radio transmitters in the area (radio/tv broadcast, telecom/internet link systems, radars etc.)?
The LVC management team is not aware of any major sources of interference. Please contact us during Phase 2 around any specific concerns.
The LVC Flying Competitions require redundancy. ADS-B B (1090) is the preferred option, plus connecting the GCS to the UTM infrastructure for tracking. FLARM or Mode S SSR may be able to be tracked through the UTM system and the LVC team will provide updates when available.
For C2 link redundancy, can we implement for example a RF modem 868MHz 1W for telemetry and control as the primary link? And a 433MHz 500mW ? (With antenna tracking system)
We are in the process of clarifying permissible frequencies. Contestants should keep in mind RLOS when choosing their C2 telemetry.
For the C2 and Data-Link, which frequencies are available (preferable frequency ranges which are “common”, e.g. 868MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.4GHZ, 5.XGHz etc.)?
We are in the process of clarifying permissible frequencies; in general international standards are applicable.
For the Find and Assess Flying Competition, can a hand launched plane performing a belly landing or is a VTOL platform required?
A VTOL craft will be required for the Find And Assess Flying Competition.
GSM coverage is reasonable at the flying locations however we do not recommend reliance on it as primary C2 telemetry solution.
What are the allowed positions to place C2 systems and antennas (outside of takeoff/landing sites)?
Please contact the LVC team with a proposal for additional infrastructure during Phase 2 of qualifying.
What is the plan for co-ordination of frequency use by competitors while in the air and on the ground (frequency or time separation? Systems which allow multiple users)?
A deconfliction procedure will be shared with finalists. Expect tracking via a UTM system.
Link loss will incur significant minus points during the judging process. In the case where all links are lost, the craft should continue its mission based on autopilot settings.
We are in the process of clarifying maximum power.
We are in the process of clarifying permissible bandwidths.
Will the landing site on Juma be outside of RLOS and if no RLOS at Juma, is additional radio equipment allowed or provided there?
Contestants need to be prepared for landings outside of RLOS and may install additional equipment.
Will we need to test redundant C2 links onboard of our current commercial platform and send videos of it before April 29 and also test it in a 20km BVLOS flight? Is it possible to implement and test some of those in May, for example?
This documentation will be requested as part of Phase 2, which opens May 1, 2019 and ends July 15, 2019.
Would a drone with excellent performance in a few criteria generally fare more favourably than one with adequate performance all round?
We cannot comment on this to ensure the LVC Flying Competitions remain fair and competitive. All drones that take part in each competition need to be capable of fulfill the required use case. Scoring criteria will be released well ahead of the competition.
Not unless a favourable business (use) case and safety case to support this option were submitted to the LVC team for consideration. For example, a proposal for utilising a relay drone as a VLOS operation at the Mwanza droneport, restricted to below 400 ft AGL with an appropriate safety assessment of ground risk in the operations area
Expo Related Questions (2)
Yes, that is possible.
Logistics Related Questions (2)
If my team is admitted to Phase 3 of the LVC Flying Competitions, do I have to self-fund the trip to Mwanza?
Travel, accommodation, meals, facility shipment, etc. will be provided.
There is no registration fee to participate in the LVC Flying Competitions
Media Related Questions (2)
Onsite Information (3)
Information regarding the venue and facilities will be provided to all registered participants ahead of the events
Yes, WiFi will be available throughout the venue.
Sponsorship Related Questions (1)
Opportunities exist to be a part of global change with this historic event. Different structures have been developed to accommodate donors, sponsors, event partners and competition participants. Please contact us directly to find out how you can best supp”&”ort the LVC.”)