The Home Stretch

With only two weeks until the UAV Outback Challenge 2014, we are busy running final tests on our equipment, buying up spare parts and organising our transport and accommodation in Kingaroy. In terms of testing, we are focussing on bottle drop accuracy and auto-takeoff and auto-landing. All three are coming along nicely but do require… Read More »

In the News

Several months ago CanberraUAV did an interview with the “About the House” Magazine, which is produced and distributed at the Australian Parliament House. The article is a good introduction to the state of UAV systems within Australia and take a positive view of them.

Back Flying

After the crash of our primary airframe 2 weeks ago, we have switched to our backup airframe (a Pilatus Porter RC model) and are running our flight testing. We’ve already managed to “find” Joe at our local RC airfield and have done a few bottle drops. So far the only casualty has been the tailwheel… Read More »

Slight Change of Plans

Last Sunday, our competition UAV (the Bushmaster) was involved in a mid-air collision with another RC aircraft at CMAC flying club. It was accidental – these things do occur once every 6 months or so. It was just bad luck that it happened to us at this time. The damage to the Bushmaster was severe… Read More »

Deliverable 3

CanberraUAV, along with 19 other teams, has submitted the Deliverable 3 report for the UAV Outback Challenge. The focus of this report was to show at least 5 hours of automated fight, plus photos and videos of the UAV and ground station.

Not-so-final Plans

With the Outback UAV Challenge only 10 weekends away, we are starting to finalise our plans for the rest of this time. It is important that we are able to test all our our equipment and procedures prior to this time. The main items to test are the bottle drop, camera/imagery system, radio links and… Read More »

Flying again

After a couple of weeks of repair of the damaged airframe, we have finished the rebuild!

Rebuild Progress

We’ve almost got the new Bushmaster airframe up and running. The wings and fuselage are mostly done and we are now fitting the electronics systems.

Build Update

Since the untimely demise of our Bushmaster airframe several weeks ago, we’ve been busy building up a second copy of it. The wings are mostly done, the engine has been re-conditioned and the fuselage is coming along nicely. If all goes according to plan we should have the maiden flight next weekend. This has forced… Read More »

When Things Go Wrong

It is in the nature of R&D that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Sometimes they fail pretty spectacular. Last weekend was one of those times, when we lost control of our main airframe (the Bushmaster) during a normal flight and it subsequently crashed into the ground nearby.