Our Journey In Drone Racing - Final Chapter

Hello everyone, Seán as usual. This is the third and final chapter of a journey where my team and I had to build, fly and compete in a drone racing event (click to read the first and second chapters). It has now been about a week since the national finals of Syndic8. We entered the competition as two teams with a drone each; we merged into one. Before we begin, I would like to apologize for the limited number of pictures, unfortunately, something happened with our camera so we only have a few.

How did we do?

syndic8-drone-racing-sean-robotshop-1One of our drones
The one-million-euro question. How did we do? Well, we didn't perform as well as we had hoped. We didn't lose but we didn't win either. As of yet, we don't know our precise position in the competition but I am hopeful that we placed at least within the top 5.

What were the competitors like?

syndic8-winners-competitionOne of Syndic8 winning teams
The competition was quite varied. At the start, we had very high hopes of winning because some of the competitors were disqualified after it was found they had not obeyed the competition rules. After a while, however, we began to see the high level we had expected with people coming from schools all over the country.

What was the event itself like?

Syndic8 at Royal Hospital KilmainhamSyndic8 at Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Though we didn't do as well as we had hoped, we did have tremendous fun at the event itself. We spent time talking to competitors and visitors about how we build our drone, what resources we used, the various processes and more. We also got to see entries for the other categories, F1 car racing, and RC Rally. The quality and level of expertise there were extremely high and we were delighted to be a part of such a great event.

Our Final Thanks and Goodbye

drone racingOne of our aircraft used in drone racing
We would like to thank RobotShop for kindly sponsoring us in our endeavor and without whose help, this would not have been possible. We would also like to thank our school, friends, and family (I sound very cliché) for supporting us and last but most certainly not least, anyone reading this, thus being part of the adventure with us. And so, the journey comes to a close. Slán go foill.
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