Q1: I applied in Phase I but did not qualify can I re-submit an application for Phase II? We do allow submissions at all phases of the challenge. Teams that did not directly qualify to Phase II could re-submit an application for Phase II to be evaluated with all other applications.
Q2: What do you mean with “Minimum Viable Product (MVP)”? Do you refer to a scaled fully functional model of the final product or maybe only a detailed design? The challenge is divided into 3 phases: design; develop and demonstrate. Phase I focuses on designing a drone system capable of high endurance and payloads. Phase II will focus on developing the proposed drone, capable of lifting the payload specified in the category for the minimum expected duration. Other commercial and application-based features will be introduced in phase III (demonstration phase).
Q3: Can I still apply to Phase II if I have a drone system that can’t achieve the minimum requirements but is close to? Yes, we will benchmark team’s performance against each other, and those who can demonstrate competitive results can qualify to phase III.
Q4: How many teams will be given R&D grants for Phase III? We are planning to grant 300K USD to teams that qualify to the Phase III, but as we did in Phase I, we could potentially provide more funding if more teams demonstrate outstanding progress.
Q5: Will the final prize 1M USD be given to 1 or multiple teams? We are planning to divide the final prize among all winning teams (one per category), provided that they achieve the minimum payload and endurance as per the category they applied to (1 - 4 winners).
Q6: What is the aim of Phase III and what will be the scoring criteria? In Phase III, teams have to demonstrate how the developed high payload and high endurance drone system can be utilized in an innovative commercial application. The scoring criteria will be developed in due course.
Q7: How will teams be evaluated during the Final Event? Finalist teams selected to present their drone solution in Abu Dhabi will have to demonstrate their system in the proposed application in front of a panel of judges. Details about the Final Event will be announced in due course.
Q8: In Phase II scoring criteria, you expect teams to carry the minimum payload for the longest duration. What if I only can carry “minimum - X kg”, can I still apply? We are aiming to benchmark teams against each other in an objective and pragmatic manner, to do so, we expect teams to be able to carry the minimum payload as per the category they are participating in.
Q9: In Phase II scoring criteria, you expect teams to carry the minimum payload for the longest duration. If I can carry “minimum + Y kg”, will I get a higher score? Teams are expected to carry exactly the minimum payload, and the extra payload capacity can be translated into additional flight duration that can directly affect their score.
Q10: In Phase II scoring criteria, you expect teams to fly at an altitude of at least 10 meters while hovering/loitering. The regulation in my country does not permit to do so with this payload. How can I demonstrate my ability to carry heavy loads? In Phase II, we will allow teams to evaluate their systems indoor, and provide detailed characterization of their drones in order to prove that they can carry the minimum payload (data logs, videos and other supporting data). However, in Phase III and during the Final Event, we will request teams to only demonstrate the drones in an outdoor environment.
Q11: In Phase II scoring criteria, you expect teams to fly at an altitude of at least 10 meters while traveling. The regulation in my country does not permit to do so with this payload. How can I demonstrate the long operational range? In Phase II, we will allow teams to evaluate their systems indoor, and provide detailed characterization of their drones in order to prove their operational range (an indoor localization system is required in this case). However, in Phase III and during the Final Event, we will request teams to only demonstrate the drones in an outdoor environment.
Q12: Can my team apply to multiple categories? Yes, one team may apply to up to two categories for the Challenge. Details on applying to multiple categories can be found in the
Q13: Do the drones have to be autonomous or can I manually control them? For Phase II, drones can be either autonomously or manually controlled. In Phase III, however, teams should demonstrate how their autonomous drones can be used in an innovative application.