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No experience with flying machines? No problem! Let your imagination take flight with our various workshop sessions and/or resources curated especially to support YOU in your journey as you transform ideas into reality!

Category A: Paper Planes

The 2nd round of SAFMC 2022 Challenge Announcement for Category A and its Virtual Learning Journey Sessions will be held on 26 – 28 January & 9 – 11 February 2022 via Zoom (see the full schedule below).

The Organising Committee will be revealing the Category A challenges including a NEW Boomerang Challenge at the Challenge Announcement session! Join us at these sessions to learn more about flight science and tips for SAFMC 2022!

Category B: Unpowered Gliders

Design and build small unpowered bungee-launched gliders to achieve the furthest and most precise flight.

The SAFMC Learning Journey for Category B consists of one Video for all participants of SAFMC! Organised by SAFMC partners, this free Learning Journey session will allow participants to be familiar with and prepare for the different challenges in each category of the competition.

Category C1: Radio Control Flight – Fixed Wing

Design and build a small remote-controlled fixed-wing air platform to navigate an obstacle course.

The SAFMC Learning Journey for Category C1 consists of one Video and one PowerPoint Presentation for all participants of SAFMC! Organised by SAFMC partners, this free Learning Journey session will allow participants to be familiar with and prepare for the different challenges in each category of the competition

Category C2: FPV Flight – Novice

Bring, or design and build, a ducted (shielded propeller) first-person view (FPV) drone to compete in an obstacle course.

Exciting updates flying in soon! Stay tuned to this space or follow us on Facebook for the latest update!

Category C3: FPV Flight – Advance

Bring, or design and build, a first-person view (FPV) drone to compete in an obstacle course.

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Category D1: Semi-Autonomous

Design and build a system of UP TO THREE (3) small semi-autonomous air platforms, operated using intuitive controls via wearable devices, to perform a multitude of tasks.

Category D2: Autonomous

Design and build a system of at least TWO (2) autonomous small air platforms to collaboratively perform a transportation task in an indoor obstacle course.

Category E: SWARM

Bring, or design and build, a swarm of TEN (10) to TWENTY-FIVE (25) drones to compete in an obstacle course.

The 2nd round of SAFMC 2022 Challenge Announcement for Category A and its Virtual Learning Journey Sessions will be held on 26 – 28 January & 9 – 11 February 2022 via Zoom (see the full schedule below).

The Organising Committee will be revealing the Category A challenges including a NEW Boomerang Challenge at the Challenge Announcement session! Join us at these sessions to learn more about flight science and tips for SAFMC 2022!

Cat A Virtual Learning Journey

26 Jan 22, 28 Jan 22, 10 Feb 22, 11 Feb 22 2PM to 4PM (SGT)

  • Learn about the basic theory of flight
  • Learn how the theory of flight affects the design of a paper airplane.
  • Learn basic folding techniques by folding actual paper airplanes
  • Learn basic competition tips and tricks

Cat A Challenge Announcement

9 Feb 2022 2:30PM to 3:30PM
 (SGT)

  • 3 Challenges
    • Scoring
    • Rules & Regulations
  • Online Presentation
  • Challenge Week
  • Awards
    • Q & A

Design and build small unpowered bungee-launched gliders to achieve the furthest and most precise flight.

The SAFMC Learning Journey for Category B consists of one Video for all participants of SAFMC! Organised by SAFMC partners, this free Learning Journey session will allow participants to be familiar with and prepare for the different challenges in each category of the competition.

Glider Building Video

22 Nov 2021 - 16 Mar 2022

Glider Building Video

Organised by SAFMC partners, this free Learning Journey session will allow participants to be familiar with and prepare for the different challenges in each category of the competition.

Design and build a small remote-controlled fixed-wing air platform to navigate an obstacle course.

The SAFMC Learning Journey for Category C1 consists of one Video and one PowerPoint Presentation for all participants of SAFMC! Organised by SAFMC partners, this free Learning Journey session will allow participants to be familiar with and prepare for the different challenges in each category of the competition

RC Plane Frame Building Video

22 Nov 2021 - 16 Mar 2022

RC Plane Frame Building Video

By going through these materials you get to learn:

  • How airplanes fly
  • Aerodynamic behind the design and concept of Radio Control Flight
  • Construction and Material Applications
  • Flight Test of Prototype and Quick Repairs Hints
  • Rules and Regulations of CAT C1

Bring, or design and build, a ducted (shielded propeller) first-person view (FPV) drone to compete in an obstacle course.

Exciting updates flying in soon! Stay tuned to this space or follow us on Facebook for the latest update!

Bring, or design and build, a first-person view (FPV) drone to compete in an obstacle course.

Exciting updates flying in soon! Stay tuned to this space or follow us on Facebook for the latest update!

Design and build a system of UP TO THREE (3) small semi-autonomous air platforms, operated using intuitive controls via wearable devices, to perform a multitude of tasks.

Leap Motion Controller

Online Video

Are you up to the challenge to design drones that can be controlled through gestures?

Here is one device that may be helpful in your quest to conquer the challenges in Category D1 – which requires you to design, build and operate a system of up to 3 semi-autonomous air platforms to perform a multitude of tasks.

Leap Motion Controller is an optical hand tracking module that captures the movement of our hand gestures and translate to flight instructions for the drones. Learn more about the device in the link.

Additional Resources for Leap Motion Controller

Online Videos

There is a myriad of interesting applications that people have used the Leap Motion Controller device for. One such application would be to control a drone! Check out the following YouTube videos to explore the possibilities!

✈️ Leapcopter – Nodecopter Controlled by a Leap Motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRECaiWOaIA&t=42s

✈️ Leap Motion Node Drone Flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfq2SisPvCU

Design and build a system of at least TWO (2) autonomous small air platforms to collaboratively perform a transportation task in an indoor obstacle course.

Localisation

Online Video

One of the most important challenges to solve for SAFMC’s autonomous challenges is indoor localisation, where it is not feasible to use GPS. While there are existing commercial solutions like ultra-wideband positioning systems, these maybe too costly to be used for the competition. 

One great alternative are AprilTags – basically ‘large QR codes’ that allow the software to compute the position, orientation and identity of tags relative to the camera. Here is a tutorial by Theodore Lewitt on how you can do just that with a Raspberry Pi and OpenCV.

Closed-Loop Control

Online Video

If programming one autonomous drone isn’t challenging enough, the enhanced Category D2 pushes the boundaries to challenge you further by making 2 such drones work together to complete a mission.

Here is a quick crash course to get you up to speed on what is a closed-loop control for autonomous systems and how such controls can improve flight stability and accuracy.

Multiple Parameters in an Autonomous System

Online Video

Autonomous systems take in multiple parameters from different sensors and combine them to effect the desired behaviour. Check out this video to learn more!

Bring, or design and build, a swarm of TEN (10) to TWENTY-FIVE (25) drones to compete in an obstacle course.

Drone Coordination and Communication

Online Video

In celebration of DSO’s 50th anniversary this year, SAFMC is enhanced to incorporate a challenge on Swarm Technology under Category E. Swarm programming presents a unique challenge in the areas of drone coordination and communication. If you’re wondering how you can turn individual drones into a coordinated swarm, here a video to get you started.

Tello/ Tello EDU drones

Online Video

If you are using the Tello or Tello EDU drones, the DJI SDK provides swarm support, allowing you to create a swarm, add drones to the swarm, and send commands to the swarm. Click on the session link button to find out more!

For further functionalities, you can explore this library which includes advanced features for finer swarm control. (Link: https://github.com/dwalker-uk/TelloEduSwarmSearch)

Micros Swarm Framework

Online Video

Have a drone running on Robot Operating System? The micros_swarm_framework helps to facilitate the development and creation of a swarm. Or why not write your own framework if you’re feeling up to the challenge?

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