After 6 months of research, development and testing, I've launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles.
The Australian Government has recently registered an amendment to the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) - concerning the regulations of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPA's).
Some of the more interesting changes are:
4 classes of RPA, based on all-up-weight:
Last week CanberraUAV gave a presentation and flight demonstration to the Canberra branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes).
This covered the history of CanberraUAV in competing in the UAV Outback Challenges in 2012 and 2014, the group's…Continue
Cobham have recently released their "Aviator 200 UAV" - a satellite datalink system specifically made for small UAV's.
Although you'll likely need deep pockets to afford one, it shows that the satellite communications industry has realised there is a market for small UAV's that require beyond-line-of-sight communications. As more manufacturers come onboard the…Continue
However, for those people running internal combustion engines (or gliders, balloons, etc) for long duration flights the question of power consumption of the flight controller becomes a…Continue
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…Continue
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 where teams must design, build and operate a UAV that is capable of finding a…Continue
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 here). There have…Continue
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.
For those who…Continue
A documentary called "Robots in Flight", following the events of the 2012 UAV Outback Challenge has now been released to Youtube:
A number of teams (such as CompassUAV, TGIF and the 1st placed CanberraUAV) used the APM as the flight controller in their airframes.
The rules and dates of the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge have been released - http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au/index.cfm?contentID=49
The aim of this challenge is to design/build/operate a UAV beyond line-of-sight to search and 2.5km area for a missing hiker and drop a bottle of water to them within…Continue
Over the last 4 weeks in Canberra (Australia) I've been a running a build-and-fly-your-own-quadcopter workshop, based on the APM.
We had a dozen excited people attend the workshop and all were successfully able to build their quadcopters. The flying lessons were mostly successful - we only had a 25% crash rate (mostly broken arms, easily…Continue
The CanberraUAV team spent last Sunday playing with our new Hero 3 camera.
This is our X8 flying wing (piloted by Tridge) running through it's paces at CMAC:
MAVProxy is a open source minimalist and plugin-based GCS for Mavlink based autopilots (such as the APM). Until recently, it was only able to run on Linux systems. It has since been updated by Tridge and myself to include full compatibility for Windows systems.
MAVProxy can be found at https://github.com/tridge/MAVProxy and an installation and user's guide is available at…Continue
Following on from Tridge’s article (here), this article focuses on the bottle drop malfunction in CanberraUAV’s flight at the UAV Outback Challenge 2012.
The aim is…Continue
Added by Stephen Dade on October 17, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
We won't be able to begin the (long) process of uploading the photos and imagery of CanberraUAV until we get back home, but I've uploaded a few of the "best of" photos taken from our UAV inflight:
More images can…Continue
After the early death of my first quadcopter (small, cheap 300mm fibreglass frame), I decided to go for a more durable frame. I decided on the Talon V2 from Hobbyking.
It's fitted with the same Props/Motors/ESC's/APM…Continue