CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge

For those following the Outback Challenge UAV competition, check out the CanberraUAV site, which is doing a good job of daily reports. This is the home team of APM:Plane lead developer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell, the legendary gentleman on the keys above. They won the last competition and will be the team to watch when they fly later this week.

Today's report:

Today was the first Search and Rescue Challenge flights at the OBC.

It was a fair bit quieter with the high school teams gone, but it did give us all time to chat with the other competitors and make some new friends.

Some people have been asking if there is something more than the “UAV Challenge Live” feed on Facebook and Twitter. There is a live video stream in the competitors tent, which shows the activity at the flight line (where teams takeoff/land their UAVs and put their ground stations). Since the UAVs fly up to 6km away, we don’t actually see much of them except for the takeoff and landing sequence. Other than that, we are reliant on the Facebook feed too!

On to today’s teams:
OpenUAS – This was their 3rd OBC. Their UAV made it to the search area but crashed shortly afterwards.
Condor – Had technical difficulties and elected to go to the back of the queue
Monash UAS – Flew very well and imaged the search area. Unfortunately they could find Joe in the images. They landed successfully back at the airport.
PerthUAV – Imaged most of the search area, but couldn’t find Joe. They landed successfully back at the airport.
Compass UAV – Imaged some of the search area, but couldn’t find Jo. They landed successfully back at the airport.
SwissFang – Crashed part way to the search area.
MelAvio – Had technical difficulties and elected to go to the back of the queue

Tomorrow starts with VAMUdeS.

At this stage, CanberraUAV will likely be flying Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

 

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 24, 2014 at 11:41am

Go Canberra UAV!!

Regards,

TCIII AVD

Comment by Stew Skinner on September 24, 2014 at 12:21pm
Good luck guys ;)
Go make us all proud of the open source brain-power!
Comment by Gary McCray on September 24, 2014 at 12:37pm

Great to see that a Mark 2 Bushmaster is on the flight line for Canberra.

Comment by Quadzimodo on September 24, 2014 at 3:52pm
I wish every team the very best of luck, but it is hard not to have a particular affection for Canberra UAV.

It would be frantastic to see the major prize taken out this year.

Developer
Comment by Randy on September 24, 2014 at 5:53pm

Here's the OBC challenge live facebook page that updates very often during the day too.

Comment by Ed Taunton on September 24, 2014 at 10:35pm

Great to catch up with a few of you. Good luck with the weather . I'm sure the rest will come down to skill and persistence. 

Comment by Darrell Burkey on September 25, 2014 at 2:02am

I heard that 14 of the 16 teams are using Arduplane. Very impressive. 

Comment by Stephen Dade on September 25, 2014 at 4:02am

Thanks Chris!

Glad to see my daily updates were useful :)

Comment by Seppo on September 25, 2014 at 8:00am

Wishing good luck for tomorrow !!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 25, 2014 at 8:55am

Good luck to CUAV!

That picture of Tridge is great.  Reminds me of Mr Wilson.  The man behind the scenes with all the answers.

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