The next day, our grand challenge slot was at 9am, so we tried one last time. The drone flew on its own, found the building, searched for and found the fire and then tried to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, the drones aim was off by about 30 cm so we scored nothing but it proved our autonomous software worked. The team switched back to manual mode and then finished the challenge. The final results were: challenge 1, 19th; challenge 2, 10th; challenge 3, 11th; and the grand challenge, 13th. An amazing result for our first attempt!
After the challenge, some of us went to find a beach, others went to Ferrari world. All too soon, it was back over to the exhibition centre to pack up the crate, load up our suitcases with batteries and everything else and then off to bed for another early start as the bus to the airport was booked for 6:15am. The journey back was spent sleeping on the plane, and talking about what went well and what we could do better on the train back to Leeds.
This was a really exciting project to take part in, a steep learning curve for me with the reward of visiting a new country, taking part in an challenging competition and getting to know and work with an amazing group of people. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen and to the team for making the whole experience one I’ll remember happily for a very long time.