TSA Drone Competition (Mars Rover)

TSA Drone Competition (Mars Rover) Information from FPVProfessor™

click here to view the TSA Flight Contest Info

FPVProfessor™ has spent a great deal of time working with local teachers to assist in the development of an open-source drone curriculum for middle school and high school students. The TSA Drone Competition (Mars Rover) published documentation found here, provides attendees with the set of competition rules as well as drone guidelines. We have put together some additional information to help answer the most common asked questions about this contest.

Competition Details:

  • Deliver the Mars Rover payload using your drone
  • Drone will be flown through a series of obstacles to the designated landing zone
  • Fastest time wins

Drone Requirements

  • All drones must have prop guards protecting the propellers from striking objects
  • Drones must be 13.5" x 13.5" or smaller
  • 2.4GHz radio transmitter and receiver
  • Total weight including payload and battery cannot exceed 5 lbs.
  • May not exceed 400ft altitude
  • May not use GPS or object avoidance technology
  • Must have no more and no less than four motors and propellers. 

Rules and Safety:

  • It is strictly prohibited for anyone to fly their drone over people
  • All drones and radios must remain off until instructed to power on
  • Teams may have no less than two people and no more than three people
  • OSHA approved (z87.1) safety glasses must be worn at all times. No exceptions
  • OSHA approved hard hats must be worn at all times. No Exceptions
  • All team members must have a signed Texas TSA Liability Release form with them in order to race. No exceptions
  • Practice flights are not permitted before the race. A walk through and review of race instructions will be conducted before the race begins.
  • Team members must remain in their designated area at all times. Pilots must remain in the pilot box throughout the race. Team members must remain in the back corners of the contest area.
  • In the event of a crash, team members may not leave their designated areas to collect their drone until they are told to do so by the Contest Director.
  • The Drone Contest Director will inform teams where they should wait until it is their turn to race.
  • Autopilot, hover assistance, and navigational aids are strictly prohibited. Pilots may only use their radio stick input commands to control their drone.
  • Any drone that does not meet these qualification will be prohibited from flying.

Course Layout and Objective:

  • Fly through six race gates spaced 10ft apart from each other without touching the gates. Two points will be deducted each time the drone comes into contact with a race gate.
  • Land the payload as close to the center of the landing zone (see below). The landing zone consist of a 5ft 6in square with sets of internal concentric squares spaced 6 inches apart. The center square, labeled "6" would be considered the bullseye, while each outer square (1-5) would award lesser values.
  • Click here to download the 3D printable Mars Rover payload.

TSA Mars Rover Landing Diagram from FPVProfessor

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