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Drones to compete in challenging delivery tasks

Can a drone deliver a package from land onto a boat? Can a drone be operated out of sight? These are but a few challenges competitors will face at the Drone Tournament in Otaniemi.

The Drone Tournament tests how drones can carry out new and challenging delivery tasks. They also need to face real-life challenges presented by  companies and other organisations that use drones.  
The participating teams will face three challenges. In the first challenge, drones need to deliver a package from land onto a boat. The aim of the second task is to land a drone onto a moving boat using satellite positioning data on the boat’s location, direction and speed. In the third task, the teams must operate a drone out of the operator’s sight using video images, for example. 
Audiences can watch the tournament in Otaranta on Luokamiehentie. The tournament will be held between 9 am and 3 pm.  
Benefits for Finnish drone research 
The Drone Tournament is organised by Ultrahack, a specialist in technology events, and its partners include companies that use drones. Science and research in the sector will also be represented: the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) and VTT Research Centre of Finland act as the event’s partners. Finland is among global leaders in drone research, including remote sensing.  
‘Drones are already used for various purposes, such as mapping, agriculture and forestry, as well as security, in which they save both time and money. We are also constantly looking for new ways to use drones. There are diverse opportunities for innovation, and development calls for both companies and scientific research. At the Drone Tournament, industry companies and organisations will accelerate the latest expertise and use the most recent technologies, driving the entire sector forward,’ summarises Eija Honkavaara, research professor at FGI.  

More information

Eija Honkavaara, research professor, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey of Finland, +358 29 531 4716,

Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)

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