Lockheed Martin and The Drone Racing League (DRL) have announced the winning AlphaPilot team of the 2019 Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, the companies said.
Team MAVLab, the drone research lab of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, won the USD 1 million cash prize, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, after its drone autonomously zipped through the track at a top finishing time of 12 seconds — 25% faster than the second-place drone.
The AIRR Championship, which took place at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, marked the final race of a four-event series that aims to advance the development and testing of fully autonomous drone technologies for real-world applications including disaster relief, search and rescue missions and space exploration.
DRL is the professional drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-clas media and proprietary technology to create thrilling 3D drone racing content with mass appeal.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.