D2 videos trickle onto the web, the D2 videos are to prove to the judges that the bottle drop works and the aircraft continues to fly safely afterwards. It also shows pre flight checks.

News on the street is that at least two teams, have suffered some pretty major airframe issues during testing.

Team Rocky were using a delta but are now back to theĀ original high wing airframe. OpenUAS completly re kitted their rather pretty tail powered motor glider.

All the teams that are entering are climbing a technical mountain, long range control, video, autonomy and a precision drop. Just to enter is a gutsy move.

I think this year Joe is going to get bored of being rescued so many times.

Looking forward to the biggest field yet and an exciting competition.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.