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AlphaPilot – Lockheed Martin AI Drone Racing Innovation Challenge

AlphaPilot – Lockheed Martin AI Drone Racing Innovation Challenge

AlphaPilot is the first large-scale open innovation challenge of its kind focused on advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy. Read Overview...
Overview

 

 

Calling all coders, gamers, race fans, and drone enthusiasts

 

Launching the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, Lockheed Martin and The Drone Racing League (DRL) have challenged teams of coders, engineers, and technologists to take on developing artificial intelligence (AI) for high-speed racing drones.  

 

Of over the 420 teams that applied in 2019, only 9 finalists earned the opportunity to compete in mastering autonomous flight and win more than $1,250,000 in cash prizes.

 

The AlphaPilot challenge tests teams of up to 10 participants on their ability to design an AI framework - powered by the NVIDIA Xavier GPU for autonomous systems - capable of flying a drone through three-dimensional race courses using only machine vision and guidance, navigation, and control algorithms. Teams will not have prior knowledge of the exact course layouts, nor will they benefit from GPS, data offboarding, or human intervention of any kind. Designed by DRL, the autonomous drone will provide the sensing, agility, and speed needed for competitive racing as part of DRL’s new Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, starting in fall 2019.

 

 

Why Drones?

Drone racing is a futuristic sport and a big draw for millennials and K-12 students with an interest in technology — many of whom will become future STEM professionals, drone pilots, and engineers. Lockheed Martin recognizes the important role in helping to develop a workforce with skills to compete in a 21st century high-tech economy. Lockheed Martin and DRL targeted U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to apply for AlphaPilot; however, the competition was open to drone enthusiasts, coders and technologists of all ages from around the world.

 

Why is Lockheed Martin doing this?

For more than 100 years, Lockheed Martin has been redefining flight — from the fastest speeds, to the edge of space, to unmatched maneuverability, and stealth. AI-enabled autonomy promises to fundamentally change the future of flight, and we are actively developing disruptive new AI technologies that will help our customers accomplish their most important missions – from reaching Mars to fighting wildfires.

ABOUT LOCKHEED MARTIN

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. For more information, please visit www.lockheedmartin.com/alphapilot.

 

 

 

ABOUT DRONE RACING LEAGUE

DRL is the professional drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling 3D drone racing content with mass appeal. The 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season will feature races in iconic venues across the globe that'll stream on Twitter and Youku and air on the best sports programs worldwide, including NBC, Sky Sports and ProSieben. For more information, please visit www.drl.io

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Nov. 1, 2019, midnight PDT
AIRR World Championship
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Oct. 11, 2019, midnight PDT
AIRR Race #3
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Sept. 20, 2019, midnight PDT
AIRR Race #2
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Sept. 1, 2019, midnight PDT
AIRR Race #1
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July 15, 2019, midnight PDT
AlphaPilot Team Developer Summit
An opportunity for the final 9 AlphaPilot Teams to come together, test their code and work face-to-face with mentors to further prepare for the AIRR race season.
June 19, 2019, 8:17 a.m. PDT
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June 1, 2019, 6 a.m. PDT
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June 2019 - July 2019
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May 22, 2019, 8:05 a.m. PDT
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May 21, 2019, 9 p.m. PDT
Qualifying Teams Announced
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March 25, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
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March 22, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
Test 3 Deadline
All submissions to Test 3 are due at 5 pm Eastern Time.
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March 11, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
Test 1 & 2 Deadline
Application window for the AlphaPilot Challenge will close. Participants unable to sign up and submit responses to Test 1 and Test 2 by this date are encouraged to stay tuned for 2019 results and future challenges.
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March 11, 2019, 1:59 p.m. PDT
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Feb. 15, 2019, 10 p.m. PST
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Feb. 8, 2019, 4:40 p.m. PST
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Feb. 8, 2019, 2 p.m. PST
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Test 3 opens and resources are available.
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Feb. 1, 2019, 9:45 p.m. PST
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Feb. 1, 2019, 9:44 p.m. PST
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Feb. 1, 2019, 4 p.m. PST
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Test 2 opens and resources are available.
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Jan. 25, 2019, 4 p.m. PST
Test 2 and Test 3 Details Released
Additional details on Tests #2 and #3 relevant to code development will be released.
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Jan. 18, 2019, 2 p.m. PST
Test 1 Launch
A set of written questions (Test 1) will be made available so teams can begin formulating their video responses.
Details outlining the tasks and mechanisms for the computer vision and simulator problems (Tests 2&3) will also be announced.
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Dec. 4, 2018, 1:25 p.m. PST
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Nov. 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. PST
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