Ben Dellar's Blog (7)

100km in the X-UAV Talon

I have been thinking about sending my X-UAV Talon on a 100km flight and despite pondering it for a long time today I hit the milestone in an unplanned way.

During a checkout flight for our spare support aircraft for West Coast UAV's entry in the…


Added by Ben Dellar on September 9, 2016 at 11:50pm — 34 Comments

Finding Joe at the 2016 Medical Express Challenge


Here at team West Coast UAV we've been hard at work integrating all the different requirements for the 2016 Medical Express Challenge to be held in Queensland, Australia later this year. One of the key requirements is to accurate locate poor old Joe.

We know Joe is within 100m of his reported location, and he will be wearing his trusty blue jeans. Our approach is to take an image of the entire…


Added by Ben Dellar on June 19, 2016 at 8:07pm — 4 Comments

West Coast UAV's Deliverable 2 for the 2016 Medical Express Challenge

West Coast UAV is pleased to have completed the Deliverable 2 Technical Report and submitted this to the competition organisers.

This report details the our UAV systems that will be used the complete the mission and our risk management approach.

The team has put in a lot of work to get to this stage. Our key achievements have…


Added by Ben Dellar on April 13, 2016 at 11:30pm — 11 Comments

Comms Network for Multiple UAVs! West Coast UAV in the 2016 Outback Challenge

Team West Coast UAV achieved one of our major milestones during testing on the weekend, controlling multiple UAVs through a multi-point comms network suitable for the 2016 Outback Challenge. 

One of the main challenges for our mission will be establishing reliable communications between our ground station and the retrieval aircraft when it lands at a distance of over 10 km away. To solve…


Added by Ben Dellar on September 16, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using the existing controls to select modes on my aircraft. I have seen…


Added by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm — 9 Comments

Step by step guide to Mavproxy on Windows 7 - Live forward your UAV data over network and the internet!

MAVProxy is powerful ground station software that excellently complements your favorite GUI ground station, such as Mission Planner, APM Planner etc. A key driver for me to look into MAVProxy was it's capability to forward the signal from your UAV over the network via UDP to multiple other ground station…


Added by Ben Dellar on May 18, 2014 at 6:00am — 21 Comments

Getting back into UAV flying - HD Videos of Albany Western Australia

I thought I would share my recent experience getting back into UAV/RC. HI got started in this a few years back as a uni project where I wrote a FBW / Stabilization program on a PICAXE PIC chip using the ArduIMU as a sensor package. 

More recently I have started again with a Bixler 2 and Pixhawk where I have been learning the world of APM (and re-learning…


Added by Ben Dellar on April 30, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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