On Saturday 12 August 2017, Canberra UAV was invited to exhibit at ‘Science In Action’, the event launching Science Week in the ACT. We were busy all day answering questions from budding scientists and our flight simulator even drew in the Daleks!
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This weekend, CanberraUAV will be exhibiting at the “Science in ACTion” event – as part of National Science Week.
If you’re in Canberra, come down to the Bus Depot Markets between 10am and 4pm and say hello! We’ll have many of our airframes there, plus a few simulators for people to play with.
More information about the event can be found at https://www.scienceweek.net.au/science-in-action-community-day/
Over the weekend several members (and their children) spent the day building up our next fleet or test platfrom UAVs. This included the Ranger – now fitted with a Raspberry Pi Camera for imagering tests, and a few new tailsitter UAVs.
There will be tested over coming weeks for both our imagery evaluation (Ranger) and novel VTOL fixed-wing UAVs (primarily gimballed thrust electric) research areas.
Last weekend, we trialled 3 cameras:
- Pt Grey Chameleon (the camera we used in previous UAV Challenges)
- GoPro 3+
They were carried up by a 3DR Solo and photos taken of the landing target(s) from a variety of heights between 10m and 100m.
The initial results were:
Over the next couple of months we’ll be testing many more cameras – so stay tuned for more photos!
One of the more signifigant changes in the updated rules for the UAV Challenge is the requirement to accurately land on a A2-sized target.
This weekend’s R&D testing consisted of testing landing targets with our PtGrey Chameleon camera. Initial ground testing with a A4-sized landing target at 40m was not promising.
We’ll strap our imaging gear to a quadcopter for next weekend and see if we get a better result! Otherwise we’ll need to start looking at alternative cameras.
We’d like to announce the latest release of our imagery code (also known as the CUAV Tools). This is the software we’ve used to successfully find Joe at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 UAV Challenges
Significant work has gone into documenting the usage of the Tools, in addition to GUIs and Windows compatibility – making it much easier for new people to get started with the tools.
The documentation (with download links) can be found at http://canberrauav.github.io/cuav/build/html/index.html
The Tools are designed to efficiently run through a large dataset of images and identify any unusual or interesting objects. These objects are then geolocated via an associated tlog file or the Exif positioning data within the images.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of our Patreons (https://www.patreon.com/canberrauav), whose generosity continues to make this development possible!
Our flight testing of the Eflite Convergence continued this weekend, with fine tuning of the PID parameters. This resulted in a very nice flight:
Our overall goal with the Convergence is to further our skills and research into VTOL-capable electric UAV’s. If successful, we’ll look at scaling up a suitable model for use in the UAV Challenge.