Description of Racing:

The Racing will be held in an indoor track, which contains five testing elements; high speed flight on a straight path, sharp turns, horizontal zig-zag path, spiral upward path, and a dynamic obstacle. The detail CAD file of the track will be available online at The map is subject to minor change during construction, and the participating team is highly recommended to detect the obstacle in situ, not blindly rely on the CAD drawing. Each team is given for 20 minutes on the same track and can try as many as times for the given time period. In case of failures such as missing a gate, falling down, caught on the safety net, or other incidents, the most recent successful passing of the gate will be recorded as its time for that trial. The winner will be determined by the best time record. Please see below for more details.


Drone Technical Restriction:

The robot size is limited to be 1m x 1m x 1m with all of the components fully extended. There is no type limitation of the drone; fixed wing, helicopter, quadrotor, or any type of flying robots that fit in the size limitation can be used. The drone is highly recommended to be electrically powered as the drone is operated indoor with limited ventilation. Any other propulsion/power source should be notified when registering and the competition committee will review the case to accept the team or not. Also, the competition committee reserves the right to allow the entrance of the competition based on the safety of the drone based on their construction, propulsion, operating conditions or more.


The drone can be communicated with Wifi or any commercially available communication service, complying with Canadian domestic law on the use of radiowaves. The committee highly recommends the use of WiFi. GPS will be severely limited, if not completely unavailable, due to the indoor environment.


The drone is allowed to have any types of onboard sensors as long as they are considered safe to nearby spectators and complying with general regulations on consumer electronics. Sensors may include vision (visible/IR), laser, radar, ultrasound or more. However, these sensors should not make any physical contact or damage of the obstacles. Any external sensors are not allowed.


Rules and Regulations:

This Rules and Regulations pertains to the Autonomous Drone Racing in IROS 2017. These guidelines intend to give the participating teams on how each team will be graded to determine the winning team in a manner that is fair to appreciate technologically innovative and well-implemented teams’ efforts.

  • Each team will be given up to twenty minutes. For the given twenty minutes, each team can attempt racing as many times as they want. Each attempt must starts at the starting position. The team’s official score is selected from the best attempt.
  • Each attempt is timed from the moment the team is given the signal from the judges to start the attempt. Before each attempt, the team is allowed to turn on their ground computer (if there is one) or any other supporting ground equipment. The power of the drone can be applied prior to each attempt. (This is to accommodate different booting time of each team’s systems)
  • Each attempt’s record time is measured from the time to take off and finish the attempt. If twenty minutes pass without finishing the course, the flight time and the last obstacle the drone passed is recorded.
  • Each attempt is considered “finished” by successfully passing the final gate in the correct order. If the drone deviates from the course and does not pass each gate in order, or malfunctions, is not able to sustain safe and controlled flight, or the team operator declares ending the attempt, this attempt is considered “not finished”.
  • If the team does not finish the whole sequence, the ID number of the gate that the drone reached and the ending time is recorded.
  • The winning team shall be the team with shortest flight time if the team finishes the whole course.
  • For grading teams who did not finish the whole course will be compared with the ID number of the gate it reached. If two or more teams reached the same gate, the team with shorter flight time shall be given a higher ranking.
  • The judging committee reserves the right to stop any team’s attempt if considered dangerous or not following the guidelines. Also, the judging committee reserves the right to rule out any attempt’s record if any unfair activity is found (e.g. using sensors not allowed, obtain information not open to all teams, human intervention during the flight and so on)



Details about prize will be announced later.