Today is an exciting day for CanberraUAV. We have just launched our Patreon page!
If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s an easy way for those interested in CanberraUAV to support us. By contributing as little as $5 per month, patrons will help cover the many costs incurred by CanberraUAV in developing open source UAV technology for the community.
From when Canberra UAV was first formed in 2012, the decision was taken to operate on an open-source basis. Through an open-source approach, we hope others can build on what we have learned and continue to learn.
All of the documentation relevant to our entries in the UAV Challenge, including information about airframes, hardware and software solutions, as well as our general research and development work for UAS are made freely available on our website at www.canberrauav.org.au. We even go as far as providing ad hoc specialist assistance and advice to other not for profit groups and individuals free of charge. Since 2012, we have contributed heavily to the advancement of open source civilian UAS technology.
Without any regular sources of income, our work depends on the work a core group of dedicated volunteers who give up their time on weekends and after work. The scope of our activities has come to the point where we hope that some of our supporters will consider making a financial contribution, however small, to support us continue our work. We understand that not everyone will be in a position to offer financial support and we appreciate any support that you are able to offer. Patreon supporter status (or otherwise) will have no bearing on the information that we provide or alter our open-source approach.
Note the images are in pgm format, which is a raw Bayer grid data from the PtGrey Chameleon colour camera. Software (pgm_convert.py) to process the images can be found at: https://github.com/CanberraUAV/cuav. Note this software is not compatible with Windows.
As an example of the captured image quality, see the below photo:
This Challenge is an evolution of the 2016 UAV Challenge. As per the 2016 Challenge, teams still have to fly to Outback Joe and pick up a blood sample from him. This time, however, teams must also avoid static no-fly zones (hazards) during the flight between Joe and the Base site. Teams also have the option of competing for two addition prizes:
Type 2 Autonomy. Where there must be no interaction from the team via the GCS during the mission
Dynamic no-fly zone. Where the UAV will be given a stream of changing no-fly zones during the mission and must automatically re-plot it’s waypoints to stay outside there zones.
CanberraUAV are planning to run a UAV workshop early next year at MHV. Unlike previous workshops, this won’t be a build/fix-your-own-quadcopter workshop; rather a detailed look at some of the technologies we use in our (open-source) UAV’s.
The aim of the workshop would be to educate people on how to understand, use and extend some of the technologies we use in CanberraUAV.
We’ll conduct the workshop for both Windows and Linux users, with no previous experience or knowledge required
The specific details are:
Date: 10am-5pm Sat 4th Feb.
Venue: MHV Canberra