Stephen Dade
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  • Canberra, ACT
  • Australia

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Stephen Dade replied to Jaesung Park's discussion I don't know why Mission Planner didn't connect with MAVProxy. in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Try using a UDP link (instead of TCP) on Mission Planner instead. Can you ping to/from the virtual machine to confirm the networking is configured correctly?"
May 15
Stephen Dade replied to AmitMakani's discussion MavProxy cross compilation
"MAVProxy is written in in the Python language, so it can run on any platform that has a Python interpreter (so, anything that can run Windows, Linux or OSX). I've seen it running on a couple of different ARM-based boards (such as the…"
Mar 30
Stephen Dade replied to Brandon Clifford's discussion Cheap Sonar - Adding Support
"No limitation to using it. But you'll have to figure out the correct pins and calibration. More details at"
Dec 8, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to Jawad Nasser's discussion Loading ArduCopter Pixhawk custom firmware from Linux?
"If you're building from source, use "make px4-v2-upload" in the terminal. See for full details. "
Dec 8, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to John Maugeri's discussion CLI Giving Garbage with APM 2.6 with 3.2 firmware
"I believe the CLI has been removed from 3.2 in order to free up some flash memory for other (more important) features and bug fixes."
Dec 5, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to FlyHigh's discussion Copter tried to kill me, Grinding noise then stuck at full throttle.
"Could the propellers be loose and rubbing against the motor shaft?"
Dec 2, 2014
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post My First (Working) Quadcopter
"Swift - I look forward to seeing the results!"
Nov 29, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to Mark D's discussion Enable Complex/Polygon Geofence for Arducopter
"In the case of MissionPlanner, it's because Arducopter doesn't currently support complex (polygon) geofences."
Nov 19, 2014
Ned Stojadinovic commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"Hi Stephen, As luck would have it, I moved from Canberra just as I heard of your group! I think however that I can help you with designing and building the sort airframe and launch/recovery hardware that you'll be needing. Please feel free to…"
Nov 12, 2014
Jacko commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"OK, well I'm happy to contribute the documentation for a CASA certification."
Nov 5, 2014
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"Splenkingforth - Not sure at this stage. Justin - we have a mailing list at It would be worth posting your ideas there so our whole team can see it."
Nov 5, 2014
Jacko commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"That was for Stephen in fact re: Documentation and Admin above. I'm in Australia."
Nov 4, 2014
Justin Stiltner commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"Splenkingforth, if your comment was directed toward me I am in the united states and do not fly beyond LOS. But thanks for the offer!"
Nov 4, 2014
Jacko commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"I would add you to our UAV operators certificate. The rules are very strict, though actually very sensible/safety conscious. Are you hoping to do beyond visual line of sight? Let me know."
Nov 4, 2014
Justin Stiltner commented on Stephen Dade's blog post CanberraUAV's Future Plans
"The camera would be a canon A810 mounted on a vibration isolated mount in a Nader view configuration. We have that already and if I get something on my personal aircraft I would be happy to contribute with it as well."
Nov 4, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to Brian F's discussion Two flyaways in the same day!
"In both cases the quadcopter lost RC link and failed to to into failsafe. I would suggest you double-check the failsafe on the ground whilst the copter is disarmed. Also check the range of the RC transmitter too. It seems awfully short range."
Nov 4, 2014

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.

Stephen Dade's Blog

CanberraUAV's Future Plans

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 10:30pm 16 Comments

After our win at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge and the many subsequent team discussions, CanberraUAV has developed a …


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.…


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…


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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