Stephen Dade
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Stephen Dade replied to codral's discussion Ardu V 3.1.5 RTL fly off problem
"Thanks for the logs! Unfortunately, it wasn't logging the magnetic field data so I am unable to tell if the compass is an issue. RTL can be cancelled by indeed changing to another mode. From what I can see, the APM detected a geofence breach…"
Monday
Stephen Dade replied to codral's discussion Ardu V 3.1.5 RTL fly off problem
"That looks like a "toilet bowl" effect, which indicates a badly calibrated compass or too much magnetic interference to the compass. See http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/ac_compasssetupupadvanced/ for tips on how to fix it."
Monday
Stephen Dade replied to Mark Aylward's discussion ArduPPM v2.3.16
"Given you are using a Pixhawk and the R7008sb RX, you have no need for ArduPPM. ArduPPM is a RX signal encoder for use with the APM 2.X series and any non-PPM/non-SBUS RX's. Given you have neither of those, ArduPPM is not required for your…"
Oct 24
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review
"JB: Great comments! Good to know I wasn't the only one needing to wrangle my team into action :) The large airframe we used was designed for the OBC - able to handle the wind in Kingaroy and have enough range to complete the mission. For…"
Oct 10
JB commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review
"Andrew you're right on the money. We did exactly that for PerthUAV, with each member using their own dedicated list and then giving an "all systems green" before launch, with checkpoints along the way etc. However once we had used it…"
Oct 9
Simon Howroyd commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review
"Awesome effort guys. Very well done"
Oct 9
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review
"Andrew - we had a basic command structure (pilot, backup pilot, GCS lead, GCS secondary, Imagery lead), but we weren't very experienced with it. We'd only done a handful of practice missions before the OBC. Part of this was that our usual…"
Oct 9
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review
"Interesting post Stephen.  It almost sounds like you need to implement a mission command structure like NASA with a series of defined roles and a checklist tailored to each role, including a Supreme Being/Pilot-in-Command/Flight…"
Oct 9
Stephen Dade posted a blog post

CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review

Now that we’ve returned to Canberra and taken a well-earned break, we have spent some time reviewing our performance at the OBC. The following article is a review of what we did and didn’t do well as a group at the OBC.Winning the OBC, whilst an awesome achievement, has also provided us the chance to act out a search and…See More
Oct 8
Stephen Dade commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge
"Thanks Chris! Glad to see my daily updates were useful :)"
Sep 25
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Gloor's blog post PerthUAV at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge
"Excellent writeup Stephen!"
Sep 25
John Githens commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Outback Challenge 2014
"As a NCSU graduate, I too and cheering for that team. But really, for all the teams. This is a significant event for anyone interested in advancing the state of the art."
Sep 15
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Outback Challenge 2014
"Jerry: I'm not aware of anyone using FPV video steaming in the OBC. All teams need to comply with the ACMA spectrum regulations anyway. In our case, we are using a 4W digital link (Ubiquiti radios) at 5.8 GHz to transfer some of our imagery,…"
Sep 10
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Outback Challenge 2014
"Gary: We've not been advised of any video streaming of the OBC. From our experiences in 2012, the organisers are pretty good are updating the OBC Twitter feed with competition updates. They've also got a dedicated Facebook page for live…"
Sep 10
Jerry Hatrick commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Outback Challenge 2014
"How are you guys running video feeds legally given that you can't use any frequency but 5.8ghz at 25MW? You aren't going to get any distance with that setup. "
Sep 10
mP1 commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Outback Challenge 2014
"Aussie, aussie, aussie, oi oi oi"
Sep 10

Profile Information

About Me:
Communications Engineer by day, creating UAV's by night.

I also do MAVProxy development in my space time.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm part of the CanberraUAV team, who came first place in the 2012 Outback Challenge.
Hometown:
Canberra

Stephen Dade's Blog

CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 6:16am 5 Comments

Now that we’ve returned to Canberra and taken a well-earned break, we have spent some time reviewing our performance at the OBC. The following article is a review of what we did and didn’t do well as a group at the OBC.…

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Outback Challenge 2014

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:00am 11 Comments

It's that time again!

With only 2 weeks until the UAV Outback Challenge (OBC) 2014, there is a record 20 teams from around the world ready to win the Challenge.

The OBC is a civilian UAV competition…

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Quadcopter Workshop

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:30am 10 Comments

I recently ran a build-your-own-quadcopter workshop in Canberra (Australia), where 9 people learned how to construct, tune and fly quadcopters based on the Pixhawk flight controller.

This workshop is the second one I've run (1st workshop…

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MAVProxy Workshop and Documentation

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 4:01am 4 Comments

In Canberra (Australia) we recently ran a "How to use MAVProxy" workshop at the MHV workspace. We had a dozen or so people turn up and we spent the afternoon going through the software and it's numerous modules.…

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