AlphaPilot – Lockheed Martin Innovation Challenge

Lockheed Martin is launching AlphaPilot, an open invitation challenge. Looky here:

The focus is on artificial intelligence for autonomous systems.

The challenge is to design an artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) framework capable of flying a drone without human intervention or navigational pre-programming.

What about prizes?

Alpha Pilot will award more than $2,000,000 USD to the top performers. $250K will go to the first team that can better human pilots in a head to head race. The grand prize winner takes away $1 million USD.

What do I gotta do for a megabuck?

Here’s where you have an advantage. The drones will be powered by the NVIDIA Jetson platform. All you have to do is navigate a fully autonomous drone through a complex, multi-dimensional racing course without any pre-programming or human intervention. Oh, and you will be racing against professional pilots from the Drone Racing League.

This is a completion of AI quality – all other racing variables, including the drone hardware (which will be provided) are controlled.

How to get started

First, go to AlphaPilot application site and sign up to find out when registration opens. It should be sometime in November. Go through the materials and rules.

You’re ready to start studying and coding. It should be easy, both because you know the Jetson and you have seen this video:

Conclusion

Quit reading here, go study and write code! That megabuck isn’t going to find its way into your pocket all by itself!

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