Challenge 1: The Burn Race
Our first competition is very similar to a “traditional” drone race. Competitors will complete two laps around a 1.3 km course, competing for the fastest time across the finish line while estimating the number of “burns” encountered along the course. Along the way racers will encounter an array of burned objects. Upon crossing the finish, pilots will report the number of burned objects. Pilots who correctly report the number of burned targets will suffer no penalty. For each incorrect burned object count, contestants will be penalized with an additional 30 seconds added to their official race time (with a maximum possible penalty of 60 seconds should both counts prove inaccurate).
Challenge 2: Burn Interpretation
The second competition centres on producing an elegant data product of the overall faux burn. While contestants will also be required to “run” the course for this second contest, their focus will be on high-quality imaging of one focal region rather than on getting to the finish line first per se. Contestants will be time-constrained and so must return to the finish line within a prescribed number of minutes (roughly 7 minutes). It is up to you to decide what your “elegant interpretation” of the burn will be. Contestants may pursue any approach they like, but the overarching goal is to communicate some quantitative aspect of the spill in a visually compelling manner. Creativity is encouraged.