Congratulations Canberra UAV, stunning Outback Challenge win

Ardupilot for the win! APM lead developer Andrew ("Tridge") Tridgell's CanberraUAV team with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk autopilot completed all the challenges and scored an impressive victory in this premier UAV competition. 

Congratulations to Canberra UAV and indeed all the teams that found and rescued Joe. Everybody that qualified deserves a round of applause its a mission just to get to the venue and get your airframe through the strict requirements.

A bottle drop distance of 2.6m that's insane.

I personally believe the Outback Challenge has advanced unmanned aviation at a faster rate than any other competition and we should all be thankful for its existence. 

If they get to keep Joe I hope there will be a series of road trip selfies. He has had quite a wait so I am sure ready to party it up a bit.

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Comment by Philip on September 25, 2014 at 10:03pm

link to facebook post...

Great Job Tridge!   All that hard work, and testing!!!!! Great Job all in the Dev Team and 3DR!!!!

Comment by naish on September 25, 2014 at 10:18pm

Congratulations to all the team... 2.6m!! impressive!

Comment by Ben Dellar on September 25, 2014 at 11:14pm

Awesome work to all involved I followed the Facebook page closely the whole event and it was excellent to see so much success this year (although the Kingaroy triangle appears to still be in full effect).

I am amused by the fact that in this civilian application of UAV's the teams have had to develop their own ballistics computers (or approaches). I'd be interested to know how reliable the Canberra UAV drop system is from an accuracy perspective. If they are scoring those kind of distances >50% of the time they have a lower CEP then the Hellfire missiles coming off the more unfriendly military drones going around.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 25, 2014 at 11:23pm
Wow what a win for the team and the technology!
Comment by Stephen Gloor on September 25, 2014 at 11:26pm

Most deserving winner.  The best team at the event by far and totally deserved the win.

Thanks for all the assistance over the last two years - I know we would never had made it without the patient advice of all the CanberraUAV team.

2 meters - what happened did the wind upset the 0m target at the last moment :-)

Comment by Jean-Marie PRIGENT on September 26, 2014 at 1:50am

2.6 meters ???? Waouuu !

Impressive result ! 

Congratulations to CanberraUAV team ! 

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 26, 2014 at 2:00am

Any better then this, and you risk "killing" Joe by dropping the bottle on his head.

Comment by Patrick Meier on September 26, 2014 at 2:02am

Great stuff!

Comment by Andrew Tridgell on September 26, 2014 at 2:21am

Thanks everyone!

It's been a lot of fun developing our system, and working closely with so many people in the diydrones community to do it. We'll post some detailed analysis of the flight as we get time.

Cheers, Tridge

Comment by Jack Crossfire on September 26, 2014 at 3:23am

There was either some ballistics calculation going on, factoring in airspeed & wind, or low altitude using LIDAR.  He keeps his job for another year.


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