The AlphaPilot Challenge by Lockheed Martin: Info Session and Q&A

  • Gates Hillman Centers
  • ASA Conference Room 6115
  • Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot AI Drone Racing Challenge
Info Session


  • Keith Lynn, Lockheed Martin
  • Ryan Gury, DRL
  • Tony Mickle, Lockheed Martin

Learn more about the Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot autonomous drone racing competition at this special information session.

AlphaPilot is paving the way for autonomous drone racing. We're partnering with The Drone Racing League and NVIDIA to provide the best computing, fastest drones, and most exciting venues possible.

The Challenge - Develop artificial intelligence capable of flying a drone without any human intervention or navigational pre-programming.

Team Up and Sign Up  - Teams can have up to 10 members (18+) in any combination of students, professors, government or industry employees.

Register your team at

The Technology:

The Drone

  • Onboard Jetson GPU
  • Multiple sensor inputs
  • Inertial measurement units with Beta Flight

Development Kit

  • AI/machine learning simulator
  • Course and drone models
  • Drone hardware fixtures for testing
  • Sample code
  • Historical drone telemetry from DRL events

Course Data

  • Infrared fiducial guidance
  • Optimized lighting
  • Course maps released in advance


  • Nov. 2018–Feb. 2019 Form teams and register
  • Feb.–March 2019 Qualification round; final teams down selected
  • May–July 2019 Team mentoring and workshops
  • Late summer 2019-  Drones race through DRL's new AIRR circuit

The top team will take home a $1M prize.

Come and learn more about this exciting challenge!