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    SAFETY VEHICLE KIT COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS REGISTRATION

    Maximum Cost per Vehicle

    Rookie Class

    The Rookie Class allows a maximum of $2,000 for teams to spend on their vehicle. This cost includes everything on the vehicle during their heats as well as the team uses to communicate with the vehicle (for example, RC Receivers).

    Intermediate Class

    The Intermediate Class allows a maximum of $3,000 for teams to spend on their vehicle. This cost includes everything that is on the vehicle during their heats as well as the hardware the team uses to communicate with the vehicle.

    Bill of materials (BOM) Requirements

    Teams competing in the Rookie and Intermediate classes will be required to submit a bill of materials outlining the costs of the individual parts on the vehicle as well as the total cost. The form used for this is located in the Rule Book [Link to Download]


    The BOM will be collected and verified during registration on the day of the competition.

    Documentation

    Team Documentation

    Team Roster


    Each team entered into the competition must supply a full team roster with the names of all the individuals on the team.


    Proof of Enrollment at an Academic Institution


    For each of the individuals listed on the team roster, the team needs to provide proof of active enrollment for the team to in order to compete in one of the two student classes. Teams competing in Levels 1 and 2 will be required to provide proof of enrollment at either a high school or college. Failure to provide proof of enrollment will automatically place the team in Level 3 of the competition.

    Vehicle Documentation

    Bill of Materials


    Teams must provide a bill of materials for the vehicle that they use to compete in the competition. The bill of materials must include and be formatted in accordance with the rules above.


    Video Proof of Vehicle Performance


    Competitors must supply, by their respective deadlines, a video proving the flight capabilities and autonomous flight capabilities. The video proving the flight capabilities must include the vehicle taking off, flying a competition distance, and landing under its own power. The flight for this video may be RC or autonomous. The video proving the autonomous capabilities of the vehicle must include the vehicle taking off, flying a competition distance, and landing under its own power and under complete autonomous control. Control for the flight in this video may be by means other than RC. Videos may be submitted in either .MP4 or .WMV format.

    Preflight Safety and Technical Inspection

    Safety Inspection Requirements


    Before judges allow a team on the competition or practice fields, a thorough inspection of the required safety mechanisms must take place, and judges must be sign off on the vehicle. The safety mechanisms that require inspection are:


    1.       Prop guards or cowlings

    A. Prop guards or cowlings must cover at least the outermost (from the center of the vehicle) 90° of propeller arc

    B. Prop guards or cowlings must be rigidly mounted to the frame of the vehicle


    2.       Return to launch (RTL) GPS navigation

    A.  A team’s aircraft must be able to demonstrate safe and accurate RTL capabilities when signaled from ground control


    3.       Visibility of aircraft

    A.  The aircraft must be colored or lit in such a way as to be conspicuous and visible from the ground

     

    Technical Inspection


    Before judges allow a team on the competition or practice fields, a thorough inspection of the required safety mechanisms must take place to determine airworthiness. A Technical Inspector must verify the integrity of the airframe as well as the robustness of the controlling software and algorithms. The technical components of the aircraft that require inspection and clearance from a Technical Inspector are:

     

    1.       Integrity of Airframe

    A.  The aircraft must have a frame that will not become compromised from basic flight procedures

    B.  The aircraft must not have any fasteners or pieces that could become loose and be ejected from the vehicle during flight


    2.       Integrity of Drivetrain

    A.  All motors on the vehicle shall be attached with fasteners that employ friction locking mechanisms (for example, Nyloc nuts) or a thread-locking compound (such as Loctite)

    B.  The vehicle shall be void of exposed electrical connections

    C.  Props shall be inspected for adequate tightness


    3.       Robustness of control hardware

    A.  Control Hardware is mounted in such a way that it will not become lose and endanger the vehicle

    B.  GPS and other magnetically sensitive hardware shall me mounted with adequate shielding or adequately far away from power sources as not to receive interference from the vehicle under normal operational conditions


    4.       Robustness of control software 

    A.  Competitors shall demonstrate the reliability and stability of their control systems under competition loading conditions



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