Technical Lake Kivu Challenge (LKC) Questions (16)

The LKC management team is not aware of any major sources of interference. Please contact us during Phase 2 around any specific concerns.

The LKC Flying Competitions require redundancy. ADS-B (1090) is the preferred option, plus connecting the GCS to the UTM infrastructure for tracking. FLARM or Mode S SSR may be able to be tracked through the UTM system and the LKC team will provide updates when available.

We are in the process of clarifying permissible frequencies. Contestants should keep in mind RLOS when choosing their C2 telemetry.

We are in the process of clarifying permissible frequencies; in general international standards are applicable.

A VTOL craft will be required for the Find And Assess Flying Competition.

GSM coverage is reasonable at the flying locations however we do not recommend reliance on it as primary C2 telemetry solution.

Yes, electric VTOL is required for the LKC Flying Competitions. For the Find and Assess competition, alternative launching and landing mechanisms and steep belly landings may be accepted. More detailed requirements can be found in the competition section of the website.

Please contact the LKC team with a proposal for additional infrastructure during Phase 2 of qualifying.

A deconfliction procedure will be shared with finalists.

Link loss will incur significant minus points during the judging process. In the case where all links are lost, the craft should continue its mission based on autopilot settings.

We are in the process of clarifying maximum power.

We are in the process of clarifying permissible bandwidths.

Contestants need to be prepared for landings outside of RLOS and may install additional equipment.

This documentation will be requested as part of Phase 2, which opens October 30th, 2019 and ends November 20th, 2019.

We cannot comment on this to ensure the LKC Flying Competitions remain fair and competitive. All drones that take part in each competition need to be capable of fulfill the required use case. Scoring criteria will be released well ahead of the competition.

Not unless a favourable business (use) case and safety case to support this option were submitted to the LKC team for consideration. For example, a proposal for utilising a relay drone as a VLOS operation at the droneport on the Rwandan mainland, restricted to below 400 ft AGL with an appropriate safety assessment of ground risk in the operations area

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