AiR Drone

AiR (Artificial Intelligence Related) Drone

FIRA Air competition encourages research teams to solve current problems of developing innovative and efficient drones in both commercial and industrial fields. While drones are used widely for aerial imaging, there are still lots of challenges when it comes to an autonomous, reliable and secure solution. Most of these difficulties relate to localisation, exploration, and intelligent navigation in dynamic environments. The main challenge in this competition is smart drones capable of high-altitude inspection and carrying packages in urban environments.

Nowadays, drones carry packages in well-defined conditions and rural areas, but doing the same task in an urban environment is much more challenging. Tall buildings and existing communicational equipment in the urban environment cause electromagnetic interference, weakening positioning signals (GPS/GNSS) and thus can lead to more significant errors in localisation and autonomous navigation. In such conditions, an additional positioning method is required, and as most drones have an imaging camera, positioning based on machine vision is one of the better choices. A reliable drone package delivery in the urban environment should be able to detect obstacles and avoid any collision. Delivering a medicine package in emergencies inside a high-traffic area is an example of drone package delivery's advantage over traditional package delivery. Another practical application of drones is the regular inspection of equipment installed in inaccessible locations that are hard to reach. A professionally trained operator is needed to control the drone to take pictures of the equipment from different angles. The same procedure can be done automatically, resulting in the simultaneous use of several drones, higher speed, and more accuracy. This year, The FIRA Air Challenge consists of 3 significant challenges: the Autonomous Drone Line Follower, Emergency Delivery and Tower Inspection and FPV Drone Race.

sub category

  • Autonomous Drone Line Follower
  • Emergency Delivery and Tower Inspection
  • FPV Drone Race

Autonomous Drone Line Follower

  • The team must program the drone using image processing to detect the line.
  • The drone must follow them to reach the destination as soon as possible

Emergency Delivery and Tower Inspection

  • The drone must follow the path to reach the mission.
  • Each QR code needs to be scanned to acquire the destination information and also the mission information.
  • The team needs to deliver the package to the designated location and release the package.
  • After the delivery, the drone must inspect the tower in the next mission.
  • In the last mission, the drone must detect the information from the QR code and return to the take-off point.
  • Each team needs to execute the mission as much as possible and return to the take-off point.

FPV Drone Race

  • Drone use for this challenge is 65mm micro whoop drone.
  • Pilot need to be “The Flash” and pass through all the gate with the designated path as fast as possible.

The team.


Wong Wei Ming(PPD)


Chok Kong Yu (PIS)
Isham Sahar Bin Ismail (POLIMAS)
Ku Adnan bin Ku Hassan (PSP)