COMPETITIONS

Background

The Lake Kivu Challenge Organizing Committee invites UAS companies (manufacturers and operators) to help advance the safe implementation of electric cargo UAS transport, digital aviation solutions and related infrastructure in the Lake Kivu Region in Rwanda. Companies must fulfill the minimum requirements in order to participate in one or several of three competitions that are designed to push the boundaries of and demonstrate the current state of electric VTOL UAS technology for African markets. The aim of the competitions is to identify contractors to provide delivery and mapping services around Lake Kivu, specifically around the Karongi District.

Who

All flying competitions in the LKC are open to companies that fulfill the rigorous minimum requirements and that are committed to advancing the use of cargo drones and mapping drones in the Karongi District, Rwanda, and Africa.

Competitions Schedule

Key Dates Location Description
Phase I Registration Deadline: Midnight GMT October 4, 2019 Online at
LVC.skild.com
Contestants sign up for the competition
Phase II

 

 

Notification of participants by

October 30, 2019

Submission Deadline Midnight GMT November 20, 2019

Online Complete documentation and reference materials submitted by contestants
Phase III Notification of participants December 10, 2019

Battery shipments early January 2020

Flying Operations

January 29, 2020 – February 16, 2020

Karongi District,
Rwanda
Contestants demonstrate capabilities in the Karongi District for each flying competition
Symposium and Expo February 5-7, 2020 Kigali,
Rwanda
Contestants meet African Stakeholders, participate in the African Drone Forum Symposium and Expo

 

Activities

Be a contestant to demonstrate drone operations, provide presentations at the expo and / or symposium, exhibit technology, respond to questions from participants. Engage in stakeholder dialogue and networking with high-level decision-makers around expanding the use of UASs in Rwanda and Africa.

Why participate

  1. Win a contract for cargo delivery services using drones or data collection and mapping services;
  2. Support the integration and use of drones to improve information, supply chains and logistics in Rwanda and the Region;
  3. Media exposure;
  4. Brand placement and visibility;
  5. Gaining experience operating in challenging environments;
  6. Be an active driver and shaper in a community of practice that advances thoughtfully the application of UASs to improve supply chains and advance sustainable economies in Africa.

Logistical Information

Finalists will be invited during phase III to Karongi District to demonstrate their flying operations in front of a Jury in February and to participate in the African Drone Forum Symposium and Expo and various networking events in February. Basic costs such as airfare, local accommodation and meals, shipping and symposium registration fees will be covered.

In addition, support will be provided for the temporary importation of equipment and flying permits.

Contacts

LKC Competitions Team:

Denise Soesilo, Industry Relations Lead
denise@africandroneforum.org

Jonty Slater, Competitions Manager
Challenge@africandroneforum.org

Emergency Delivery

Safely deliver an emergency package weighing a minimum of 1kg from the droneport on the mainland to the droneport on an island in Lake Kivu and then return and land safely at the starting point. The distance between the droneports is around 20km. No battery swap is allowed at the drop-off location.

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Sample Pick-Up

Take off from the mainland droneport and safely pick up as many 250g modules as possible from the droneport on an island in Lake Kivu and return them to the mainland droneport. The distance between the droneports is around 20km. Several packages may be carried at one time. No battery swap is allowed at the pick-up location.

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Find and Assess

Successfully provide a high-quality orthomosaics covering a 3km2 of an Island or set of islands that are 20km from a droneport on the mainland in Lake Kivu, then return and land safely at the starting point The predetermined survey area comprises three square kilometres. The recommended minimum resolution to successfully complete the task is 5cm. Teams need to take off and return after completion of the survey and for each battery change.

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Minimum Requirements:

  • Deliver a minimum of two (2) 500ml saline bags to the Bugarura Island
  • The cargo item arrived in full integrity
  • Standard Operating Procedures submitted by the teams ahead of the flights were followed
  • The cargo drop-off required minimal intervention at the destination location
  • No battery recharge or change at delivery site
  • The aircraft returned successfully to the origin in a timely manner after dispatching the cargo
  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented
  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit
  • Maintain Polygonal Geo fencing
  • Continuous C2 telemetry link

The distance between the droneports is around 20km. Several packages may be carried at one time. No battery swap is allowed at the pick-up location. Pick up as many 250g modules as possible from the droneport on Bugarura Island and return them to the mainland on the shores of Lake Kivu. Several packages may be carried at one time.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Pick up a minimum of one (1) 250-gram package that contains a number of liquid-filled glass ampoules
  • The cargo item arrived in full integrity
  • Standard Operating Procedures submitted by the teams ahead of the flights were followed
  • The cargo drop-off required minimal intervention at the destination location
  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented
  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit
  • Maintain Polygonal Geo fencing
  • Continuous C2 telemetry link

The predetermined survey area comprises three square kilometers. The recommended minimum resolution to successfully complete the task is 5cm. Teams need to take off and return after completion of the survey and for each battery change.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Standard Operating Procedures submitted by the teams ahead of the flights were followed
  • Takeoff and landing occurred successfully within the designated area
  • UAV landed in effectiveness and precision of autonomous take-off and landing (hand launch with an automatic takeoff sequence is also considered to be an autonomous take-off)
  • Maintain Polygonal Geo fencing
  • Continuous C2 telemetry link