Drone Precision Tournament 2021

Ultrahack and RobotsExperts are organising Drone Tournament 2021 in connection to Assembly in Helsinki Finland in October 2021. During the competition teams will simulate real life drone use cases for the first time using both 5G and satellite technology.

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The biggest challenge in current drone logistics is the landing, which is particularly difficult in a changing environment. While landing the drone, one should produce accurate information about the surroundings, such as humans, trees, buildings, electrical wires and other obstacles that increase the risks related to the landing. Precise information about the surroundings is equally important when flying the drone, especially in the vicinity of landing places, in order to reduce the risk of collision. Particularly in quickly changing environments, such as construction sites, new sensor technologies and artificial intelligence solutions should be developed. This way drones can deliver to construction sites more efficiently and safely in the near future.

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In the Drone Precision Tournament, contestants compete about the ability of drones to land and navigate around obstacles using 5G, GNSS and various sensor technologies and artificial intelligence solutions.

These solutions enable more precise and faster landings and flights between obstacles. Sensor technology can be used in the form of video image, stereo video image, lidar, bluetooth lighthouse, radio radar and more to produce more accurate information about the distances between the landing point or obstacle and the drone. By using artificial intelligence, the aim is to process this information to produce even better location information and to increase the level of automation during the flight and the landing of the drones.

Teams will have a few month time before the game to develop and innovate new solutions with the help of challenge owners. During this R&D&I phase, teams will have at least two workshops with challenge owners where the teams can get more technical information about the challenge and used technologies.

Teams in each class are gathering points by landing on different landing pads and flying through obstacles. Landing pads and obstacles have different points, and as challenging the landing or navigation through an obstacle is, the more points the team can collect. Each team can collect points for 5 minutes per round, and teams have three games to improve their scores. Between the matches, teams have time to finetune their systems and improve their performance. The winner in each class is the team who collected more points in the bestround.

Stara last mile logistics challenge

The challenge is to manage intelligent supply chains, and to deliver an urgent delivery with the weight of a maximum of 5 kilos to a construction site in an urban environment by drone. Realism to the simulation is provided by involved suppliers Onninen, Etra, Ahlsell and Wurth. The challenge is built so that the simulation of the ordering process of an urgent delivery commences on the construction site. Here, an order is being placed using Stara’s system. The order is then being transferred to the systems of the subcontractors. Finally, the order is being transferred to the subcontractors’ express delivery points. Here begins the delivery by drone in an inbuilt 10x20 frame in Assembly, Messukeskus. In the Drone Precision Tournament, the pick-up, flight, delivery and return to the pick-up point is simulated to take place in an urban environment. The simulation includes interferences and noise that are related to this environment.

In this challenge, teams are encouraged to use all available resources (GNSS, 5G, Lidar, beacon, etc technology to make challenges work. Teams can also bring their own technology to landing pads to enhance their performance.

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GNSS landing and navigation game

The challenge is to use GNSS based solutions for positioning down to centimetre accuracy. Teams will use the same 10x20 frame in Assembly, Messukeskus than in Stara last-mile logistics challenge, where teams need to be able to land and navigate through obstacles as many within 5 min. Teams can use their own GNSS based technologies, flight controllers, ground control station and onboard computers, as well as use cloud-based computation and advance algorithms to improve their performance.

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Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight over 5G competition game

The challenge is to use a 5G mobile network for Command and Control link and video stream. Teams will need to control the drone by using a video stream sent from the drone to the pilot in the same 10x20 frame as within other challenges. Like in the GNSS challenge, teams need to be able to land and navigate through obstacles within 5min and the winner is the team who collected most of the points. In this challenge, teams can use their own onboard computers, 5G modems, flight controllers, ground control stations and cloud-based computation to improve the video streaming and controlling performance.

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21st to 22th October - Drone Tournament

Save the dates. Detailed schedule to be announced in August.

All teams are to be present, at the least, during their challenge activities and the Final session and Awards.


We are proudly to present the best partners in the drone & UAV industries, who are bringing their technology and knowledge together to make the Drone Tournament happen.

Stara Telia u-blox Septentrio The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of National Land Survey Traficom Assembly VTT Research Business Finland Microsoft Geeksvana GSMA Spirent Ahlsell Etra Onninen Wurth robots.expert BVDrone Ultrahack innovation platform

Interested to join as a partner?

Contact juhani.kivikangas@ultrahack.org for partnerships.


Drone Tournament Press Release, 4.7.2021
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