CanberraUAV and “The Plan”

After many team meetings and discussions, CanberraUAV has developed a detailed set of goals for the next couple of years.

The general theme is that we want to build up a capability to run real-life Search and Rescue scenarios in concert with the emergency services. We also want to collaborate with other like-minded organisations to do the same.

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Review and Analysis

Now that we’ve had a chance to go over and analyse our performance at the 2014 OBC, we have created a couple of reports that we hope other UAV builders/pilots will find useful.

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Winners of the OBC

As many people are aware, CanberraUAV have won the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge!

We were 1 of 4 teams to successfully drop the water bottle within 100m of Outback Joe. Of this, we dropped it 2.6m away from Joe. The next nearest team (SFWA) dropped at 23.6m.

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Kingaroy Day 7 (OBC Day 5)

Today was the final day of the OBC. 5 teams ended up flying:

Aetournos – One of the multicopter teams. Took off and made it to the search area. Something went wrong during the mission and it attempted to return. It was seen to be attempting to land and flipped over at 10m altitude. Heavy damage resulted.

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Kingaroy Day 6 (OBC Day 4)

Quite an exciting day today.

CanberraUAV was due to fly today, but the competition was cut short by strong winds and an incoming storm in the afternoon. We made it as far as being sent out to the runway with the French team (Aetournos) around midday.

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Kingaroy Day 5 (OBC Day 3)

Today was the first Search and Rescue Challenge flights at the OBC.

It was a fair bit quieter with the high school teams gone, but it did give us all time to chat with the other competitors and make some new friends.

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Kingaroy Day 4 (OBC Day 2)

Today was fairly quiet for us, as the second half of the high school division took up most of the day.

We had our team interview shortly before lunch, which went quite well. The judges noted that most of the other teams had referenced CanberraUAV and our open software/datasets in their own interviews!

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Kingaroy Day 3 (OBC Day 1)

Today was the first day of the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge.

The day was mostly given over to the High School division, leaving us to
set up and meet the other teams. We had a great time chatting with them
and checking out their UAV systems.

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Kingaroy Day 2 (OBC T -1 days)

Today was mostly spent doing systems tests, including a 4.5km datalink test at Kingaroy airport (the 900MHz link worked quite well, the 5.8 GHz link was coming in and out as expected), tuning the antenna tracker and engine runs. We also did some recon of the search area. It looks a little greener this time… Read More »

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Kingaroy Day 1 (OBC T -2 days)

Well, the first convoy arrived in Kingaroy today and has been busily setting up our base of operations in a house we’ve hired for the week. The 2 day drive from Canberra was mostly uneventful, minus the various roadworks and “wide loads” of mining equipment on the road with us. The rest of our team… Read More »

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