Together with our partners we’re driving a vibrant open source ecosystem using
PX4 Flight stack for Drones and Rovers and helping to spread the word about
the complete suite of tools supporting mobile robotics management.
DroneCode, a Linux foundation project, welcomes developers to join in their
community and work together on defining the standards of the future.
Auterion’s pioneering software platforms helps make autonomous systems
trusted, reliable and connected to enterprise workflows. And just like Arm,
they provide technical support and crucial hardware expertise to HoverGames
participants. The team from
is known for their fantastic videos and fun, and sometimes weird flying
objects. We have worked with them in the past and created some videos for
We want to thank our partners for their great cooperation and are very excited
to announce four special award winners with them. So without further ado,
let's take a look at the winning projects.
During the pandemic, non-contact delivery became vital in order to deliver
mail, packages, food and even medicine. This was especially true for high-risk
groups and first responders. It became a necessary way of working to avoid
risk of infection.
Bright minds. Bright futures. NXP team members create breakthrough technologies that advance our world.
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Andrew from Team SavageCabbage developed a Smart Scan Delivery drone for
contactless delivery. Using the NavQ
i.MX 8M Mini
Vision development board, he developed a QR scan app that allows handoff of
the package being delivered.
In addition to contributing code back to the main PX4 public software
repository, Andrew did a great job helping other participants by writing
tutorials and posting videos on YouTube.
Andrew’s Smart Scan Delivery Drone makes great use of ROS2, and he even goes
the extra mile of contributing a “pull request” to PX4. It's great to see
As the title of the project already suggests: @ckung0400 really created a
multifunctional drone that can be used in multiple ways to help others. From
helping first responders in diverting traffic and carrying out supply drop
missions, to becoming an entertainer – the author put no limits on their
creativity and wrote a very detailed documentation outlining the many problems
faced while working on the project. The resilience and persistence is
The project Multifunctional Community Helper Drone even dispenses masks to
people that need them, shows the flexibility and creative use of all the
components available on the
The Dronecode Foundation is happy to award the project by @ckung0400 the
"Drone Coder" award for its multi-purpose, can-do-it-all resourcefulness and
Team Batcopter focuses on supporting the study of bats, who have unfortunately
received lots of negative attention during the pandemic and were identified as
carriers and potential sources of SARS-CoV-2.
With the objective to shed light on bat research, the team developed a
solution to help find and track radio-tagged bats. After completing the drone
assembly, the team was able to use the system to provide clear line of sight
tracking which greatly accelerates the ground search when researchers are
trying to locate the bat roosts.
The Batcopter team has clearly put a lot of great work into this project and
has successfully demonstrated how technology, such as drones, can be used to
empower researchers and conservationists alike. I also really appreciated
that this team has put a lot of effort in testing both with SITL simulation
and with the physical device in the field and has gone all the way to
demonstrate the algorithm in action on real field data. Outstanding!
awarded Andrei Florian’s CovidTestDrone submission the best media
project, which enables self-administered Covid-19 tests to be delivered within
minutes to patient homes via drone delivery. We have been impressed by
Florian’s professional documentation and outstanding video and photo material
of his HoverGames experience.
CovidTestDrone had not only the best VIDEO presentation, but also had the
most FLITE TEST way of attacking a problem. We have multiple layers to our
company: video content, our store offerings, our stem curriculum and our
community. Just like Andrei, Flite Test's vision is to offer our community,
and anyone who wants to be a part of that community, a simple activity, cost
effective product solution and a memorable way to connect and make memories
with people through aviation and common activities!
Flite Test team
Next HoverGames Challenge
is coming! Stay tuned for exciting new Edge Compute and leading edge
experimental hardware, vibrant partners, as well as the opportunity to help
each other and work together. This time it will be more of a collaboration
than a contest!
for our newsletter to stay up to date about the third contest.
Mobile Robotics, Drones and Rovers, Program Lead, System Innovations at NXP Semiconductor
Iain Galloway, P.Eng., holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from University of New Brunswick, Canada, and has more than 25 years of hands on experience as an electronics embedded designer and field support engineer. You can connect with Iain on Twitter at @iafgalloway.