Aerial Drone Competition Mission 2023: Blackout

Aerial Drone Competition Mission 2023: Blackout is played on a 24'x24' square field. In Piloting Teamwork Matches, two alliances--one red and one blue, made up of two teams each--compete in 2-minute pilot-operated matches.

The object of Piloting Teamwork Matches in Mission 2023: Blackout is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by owning goals, scoring bonus balls, and ending the match on a landing pad or in the alliance blackout zone.

In Autonomous Flight Skills matches, a single team has 60 seconds of autonomous drone operation to score points by lifting off, navigating through arch and keyhole gates, removing balls from the starting lane, and ending the match on a landing pad or in the alliance blackout zone. All drone commands are pre-coded by the team, with no pilots allowed.

Aerial Drone Competition Library

Follow these entry points to find all the information you need for the 2022-23 Aerial Drone Competition season.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season

Bring the excitement of Drones to your community with the Aerial Drone Competition

The Aerial Drone Competition offers an exciting educational drone sporting event that focuses on hands-on, student-centered learning.

Teams learn about drones, flight principles, programming, documentation and communication skills while expanding their understanding and building interest for Drone-related workforce and career opportunities.

Important Dates

September 20, 2022: Game Reveal

October-March: Qualifying Competitions

April-June: Championship Events

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Field Assembly

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Interested in starting your own team?

Learn About Aerial Drone Competition

Learn more about the Aerial Drone Competition and what is involved in starting your own team. Watch our informational video, Contact the program manager at or register for one of our upcoming webinars.

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