Quadplane Auto Flight

After many months of development and testing of our quadplane, we have had our first completely autonomous flight! From this point on, we will start scaling up to larger airframes capable of carrying our payload for the UAV Challenge. This is in addition to the usual software tuning and improvements.

Quadcopter Workshop

CanberraUAV will be running a build-your-own quadcopter workshop in December. It will be held at the MHV makerspace from 6pm 11/12/15 to 4pm 13/12/15 (building Friday evening and Saturday. Flying on Sunday)

2016 UAV Challenge D1 Report

In the spirit of openness, we have publically released our Deliverable 1 Report for the 2016 UAV Challenge, which was submitted a few months ago. This has the purpose of showing others what CanberraUAV is proposing to use for the 2016 UAV Challenge, as well giving other teams an idea of the standard of report… Read More »


Recently, CanberraUAV was invited to a robotics exhibition at the Croatian Embassy in Canberra. Along with other groups from around Canberra (including the Croatian Rococup team!) we hosted over 1000 visitors throughout the day. We had an autonomous rover running in the courtyard, though some of the children preferred driving it themselves! Additionally, we had… Read More »

CanberraUAV Passes 1st Stage of UAV Challenge

CanberraUAV have been given a “go” decision for the Deliverable 1 checkpoint for the 2016 UAV Challenge. Along with 58 other teams from around the world, we will now be progressing to the next Checkpoint – Deliverable 2 in April 2016.

VTOL Success

Over the last couple of months we have been designing and building a hybrid quadcopter-airplane as a potential airframe for the 2016 UAV Challenge. The reason for this is given the distance and speeds required (up to 60km in 40 minutes, not including headwinds) for the UAV Challenge it was suspected that a traditional helicopter… Read More »

Testing and More Testing

Over the last couple of months, most of our time has been spent gaining experience with small and medium sized helicopters. It has been a challenge building and flying them (and the resulting repairs!), but we are now getting close to having a reliable APM-controlled helicopter. We also hope to soon have a VTOL fixed… Read More »

Helicopter Testing

As part of our efforts investigating options for the 2016 Outback UAV Challenge, we have spent the last couple of weeks building up a small (500-size) electric helicopter as our test platform.


Over the last couple of weeks we’ve started looking at parachute recoveries for our UAV’s. The advantage of this is that a prepared runway (or road/track) is not required for landing. Combined with a hand-launched takeoff, we would be able to operate UAV’s from remote locations – giving us far more flexibility in our operations.… Read More »

2014 OBC Video

At the 2014 Outback Challenge, a BBC film crew was present and recorded footage of the event. This has since been produced into a 6 minute segment for their “Click” program