I'm the captain for Team Awesome, the UAS team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona Campus.  We're headed to the Small UAS competition in Pax River, MD in five days, and we're using an ArduPilot 2.0 equipped airplane. This will be our first year at the competition. We're using the ParkZone Radian powered glider airframe, and the GoPro Hero 2 camera.  

We want to extend a big thanks in advance to the developers of ArduPilot.  We've come a long way in our first year, and we couldn't have done it without you.  

I'll be posting updates from the competition, so stay tuned.  Questions are welcome!

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Comment by Carl La France on June 9, 2012 at 3:46am

Are you going for Endurance (time in the air)or are you going around a set course? the radian is probably crammed  

Comment by Mr.Cruz on June 9, 2012 at 7:29am

Which competition is this?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 9, 2012 at 9:46am

Excellent! We'll be rooting for you.

Comment by Jon on June 9, 2012 at 10:16am

From an ERAU Alum, good luck!!

Comment by james sowell on June 9, 2012 at 10:19am

whould like to see how you have it crammed in love the radian but not much room and have you used the pro radian our just the glider thanks 

Comment by Tim O'Brien on June 9, 2012 at 10:41am
I'd love to see your competition paper! I was loosely part of the NC State ARC (just graduated) and I have a bunch of friends heading to MD for the comp. Good luck! Kick some piccolo ass please.
Comment by apocolipse on June 9, 2012 at 6:17pm

Which competition is this?  I live in MD and have not heard of anything...

Comment by Sgt Ric on June 9, 2012 at 6:42pm
Really? The AUVSI university competition is famous in this community... Just Google it.
Comment by JeffBetts_KK4MTC on June 9, 2012 at 10:19pm

Where's the GoPro? I'd love to see some closer pics of how you have things arranged. I have a Radian, but have never put the APM in it. I have concerns about how it gets blown around in the wind. How's does it fly without aileron control? Do crosswinds cause problems with stability or waypoint tracking? 

Comment by Stephen Rayleigh on June 11, 2012 at 1:37pm

We're using the Radian (not pro), so only rudder and elevator control.  The Radian certainly gets blown around in the wind, but only took minimal tuning to fly well and crosstrack.  APM goes in a carbon fiber tray we built that fits in the canopy space, and the GoPro fits in the belly next to the servos (that took some carving). A turnigy 2.2 mAh battery fits nicely without carving out the plane, and we're getting about 30 minutes of endurance.  That was plenty for this competition, which requires us to fly to a search area and get imagery in a 20-40 minute window. The Radian would have easily taken a 3.3 mAh battery if necessary.

We'll be heading to Maryland in the morning. Thanks to everyone for the support!


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