The goal of FIRA Air - Autonomous Race competition is encouraging research teams to design an agile and autonomous navigation system for the drones which can compete against human pilots in a 3D race track. Right now, a manually controlled drone with a skilled pilot is capable of agile maneuvers. As a result, there is a considerable gap between the performance of an autonomous navigation system and a human pilot exists. To reduce this gap and help the participant teams develop an agile navigation system, we planned the Autonomous Race competition.
In the FIRA Air - Autonomous Race 2019 (U19), We will have a main competition for the autonomous only drones, and two side competition. For the main competition, we designed a relatively simple track and teams can place their own custom marker on each gate for easier navigation. The two side competitions are A technical challenge and an FPV only race. The technical challenge is about developing software to enable the drone to pass a moving gate autonomously. The FPV only race would have a similar track to the main competition and the team which completes the track with the best time will be the winner. The best team in a side competition will be awarded separately (regardless of main competition).