In the vRotors Race, you will fly real drones on a remote course from your home PC or VR headset. The course objectives are defined using augmented reality virtual objects overlaid on the real environment. So you will fly the real drone through virtual rings on the course, and defend against attacks from virtual objects as well.
Before starting the session, run the resource check available in the first screen after opening the application. You will want to have at least yellow status for all the elements listed.
Once you have validated your computer resources, you can login into the race session using a code provided by the vRotors team. Two codes are provided, one for the commander pilot (left seat), and one for the co-pilot in the right seat.
After login, you will be in the briefing room. Here you can meet your co-pilot and discuss the race course displayed on the map. Voice chat works best with a headset or earphones for good audio quality. The vRotors Flight Admin will also be available in voice chat to coordinate with you and answer any questions. And be sure to check the leaderboards to see the competitive race times to beat!
When you are ready to start the flight (or as directed by the vRotors Flight Admin), click the “Crew Ready” button.
The vRotors Flight Admin at the actual course location will receive your “Crew Ready” signal, make a final check on the drone status, and then let you into the cockpit. In the cockpit, you will pilot the drone through the racecourse in coordination with your co-pilot.
The steps for completing the race are:
- 1) Take-off by the commander pilot clicking on that button.
- 2) Set the control preset (P1,P2, P3) at the top of the screen as needed. Recommended choices are:
- – P1: For rotating and moving up / down fast.
- – P3: For moving forward / backward fast.
- 3) Once the drone reaches its initial altitude, controls are enabled. You should use the P3 control preset and move forward through the first ring. You can use the control disk on the video screen by clicking and holding it with your mouse, moving it up to move forward. Or you can use keyboard commands.
- 4) Proceed through the rings and when you encounter an enemy object on the course, attack it and defend against its weapons fire. If your shields get damaged, asked the audience to repair those for you. If any shield reached 0% strength, the drone will be disabled and controls will be removed until the audience repairs that shield.
- 5) Select the appropriate weapons. Lasers and missiles for attacking, and flares for defending. Click on the screen to shoot the weapons. Coordinate with your co-pilot, you may be more successful if once pilot is attacking and another is defending with flares.
- 6) There is a time limit to complete the race round at the top of the screen. If time runs out, the drone will return to the starting point automatically.
- 7) Go through all of the rings in sequential order to complete the race. If possible, destroy all the challenge objects on the way. In official tournament races, your leaderboard position will be affected by the number of challenge objects destroyed and shield score at the race end.
After you complete the race, the drone will automatically return to its starting point. Enjoy the ride back and perhaps review things with your co-pilot! Once the drone lands, you will be taken to the briefing room where you can view your race flight path on the map, your race results, and view the leaderboard.
In coordination with your vRotors Flight Admin, you can then start your second flight. Note that you can give the piloting control to your co-pilot as well. See the labeled instrumentation, function buttons, and controls on the illustrations below for reference.