Dramatic reports from the Outback Challenge UAV contest

Lots of drama in the Australian Outback Challenge this year. Once again, it appears that nobody finished the challenge (spot a dummy--Outback Joe--and drop a water bottle near him), but they're getting closer. In the meantime, loads of crashes, as reported in this thread from the participants. (pic of crashed 12-ft Telemaster from Biloxthecat)

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 29, 2009 at 9:49am
Seems like the ESC failed and that start a chain of events, results are out tommorrow morning. No doubt a great deal of LOG file reviewing will happen. Apparently the video link stayed live so they watched it spiral down!!! Looking forward to full reports.

I noticed another Lipo fire mentioned here lets be careful out there!!

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on September 29, 2009 at 10:05am

Comment by Mark Colwell on September 29, 2009 at 10:18am
Maybe monitor Motor, Battery & ESC temps with EagleTree and send command auto pilot to reduce power and emergency land before fires start. ?? Lithium fires are bad..

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 29, 2009 at 10:22am
No I think the fire was impact related ;-) But actually I'm just guessing there. The other arrival reports should be good, especially the guys who found Joe and then had an engine failure that left there aircraft within 130m of him.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 29, 2009 at 10:23am
Important to remember that until this year nobody has managed to leave the airfield.
Comment by Scott Plunkett on September 29, 2009 at 11:45am
OK...so next year - Do I hear any votes for a DIYDrones team participating in this event??
Comment by Peter Meister on September 29, 2009 at 1:30pm
I would love to be apart of a DIYDrones team to compete next year. Thats a fantastic Idea.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 11:04pm
Note that the winning team, Team Galah, used the Ezi-Nav autopilot, which costs $3,800 (!).
Comment by brad smith on September 30, 2009 at 4:49am
hey my names brad smith, im from aviation high i also did the out back challange this year but for the bomb drop (mars bar) comp. we are looking at going fully auto next year. would any of you guys be able to give me and my team some pointers and some good cost officent softwear ideas please. sorry about the crash guy wonderful plane and melboure won the doco award got anounced today no one has picked up the 40grand yet...

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 30, 2009 at 5:32am
Is that Ezi-Nav made in the USA or is it from Silvertone?? Maybe a group should be formed to help the school entrants? After all its a year now to the next challenge so plenty of time. Perhaps one round of the T3 could emulate the schools challenge and then everybody's attempt would prove valuable data for those attending?? I'm off to suggest that on the T3 thread where we should probably pick up the idea.


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