Happy New Year to you aviators, innovators, supporters and educators!

By | January 16, 2018
Before we have even started with all of our activities in 2018 we need to say a big thank you to our outgoing Canberra UAV President, Stephen Dade. He has done an incredible job of steering Canberra UAV to success from the beginning through the 2012, 2014 and 2016 UAV Challenges. He has been the master of the unseen organisational activity that underpins Canberra UAV, along with being an exceptional contributor to our software in his own right. Stephen is stepping aside as the President of the club to let ‘new blood’ have an opportunity on the Committee.
The new Canberra UAV President is Jimmy Owens; Jimmy just really hopes that he isn’t the first President of Canberra UAV to make a mess of the UAV Challenge entry!
2018 is going to be a big year for us, with the changes to the UAV Challenge Medical Express rules challenging us to really push our technology forward. We’re hard at work trying to develop some pretty big things for the 2018 UAV Challenge. Because the rules have changed we need to make some significant changes to our imaging hardware and software. We love our Quad-Porter, but we are working hard on developing an entirely new type of aircraft, a Thrust Vectored Belly Sitter. If we can get this to work, we will be able to combine the take off and landing advantages of a ‘copter with the efficiencies of a mechanically and electrically straight forward fixed wing aircraft; that is not only useful for the challenge but for numerous real world applications.
Thanks for your interest and please feel free to become a Patron or engage us about becoming a sponsor!

CanberraUAV passes Deliverable 1

By | September 27, 2017

CanberraUAV was one of 55 teams to pass Deliverable 1 for the 2018 UAV Challenge! The next deliverable is in April 2018, where we need to specify our systems and safety in more detail.

A complete list of all passing teams is available at https://uavchallenge.org/medical-express/2018-medical-express-teams/

Additonally, our Deliverable 1 report can be found at http://canberrauav.readthedocs.io/en/latest/lessons/OBC2018.html

55 Teams in the 2018 UAV Challenge

By | September 2, 2017

Just a quick note that CanberraUAV (along with 54 other teams) have submitted their Deliverable 1 reports for the 2018 UAV Challenge.

19 countries are represented! Full listing at https://uavchallenge.org/2017/09/01/483-people-currently-competing-in-medical-express-2018/

With the Challenge being held in October 2018, teams now have 13 months to build and test their UAVs. Time to get building!

In CanberraUAV’s case, you can watch our progress over at our Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/canberrauav), Flickr (https://www.youtube.com/canberrauav) or at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/canberrauav).

We also have a Patreon over at https://www.patreon.com/canberrauav if you want to further support our efforts.

Best of luck to all teams!

Science Week 2017

By | August 16, 2017

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!

More Youtube videos coming soon…

By | August 10, 2017

CanberraUAV will start producing a bit more content on YouTube so that those of you who can’t get to the field on weekends, can get a feel for what we are up to. Here is a link to the first, in what will be a semi-regular series of updates:


While we’re good at writing software and operating UAVs, video production isn’t a strength so we welcome any feedback on how clips can be improved and what you would like to see more (or less) of.

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/canberrauav and click the ‘like’ button on clips you like – this really helps us in our fundraising efforts. Speaking of fundraising, don’t forget we have a Patreon account at https://www.patreon.com/canberrauav,  even a couple of dollars a month helps.

Thank you for your support!

Build Day

By | June 27, 2017

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.