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HoverGames Challenge 1: Fight Fire with Flyers

Posted May 30, 2019

Whether man-made or natural, fires are difficult to predict and control. Fires cause billions in damage, destroy entire towns and forests and put countless lives in danger, including first responders at the front line.

Quadcopter coaxial – OnyxStar FOX-C8 XT Observer. Image credit: ZullyC3P/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0


The objective of this contest is to build a solution that enables your HoverGames drone to assist fire fighters in their duties – in any way you can imagine, from wildfires to urban fires. The NXP HoverGames drone development kit includes everything you need to get started on your flying robot.


You’ll use the HoverGames drone development kit. This modular, open development platform uses reliable automotive and industrial-grade components from NXP. You can experiment with additional hardware components from NXP and other providers – you are only bound by your own creativity. And your drone will be PX4-enabled, the largest commercially deployed open source flight stack worldwide with business-friendly licensing. The kit contains:

  • Flight Management Unit (RDDRONE-FMUK66 FMU) that’s supported by the opensource flight stack on top of NuttX RTOS.
  • Strong, rigid lightweight carbon fiber quadcopter frame with platform, mounting rails, landing gear, motor controllers, motors and props
  • Telemetry radio and remote control (RC) radio

Final project submissions are due Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

Participants must use the HoverGames Drone Development Kit (KIT-HGDRONEK66) and show how a small autonomous drone or system solution can solve a problem related to fire fighting.


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