Briefing for the four teams still to be cleared to fly starts in one hours time, 2100 BST or 2000 GMT thats 0600 in Kingaroy.

Flights should start very shortly afterwards.

The only team to actually make it through in one go, passing both the ground test and pilot competency test at the first try, Team Robota fly their challenge attempt at 2200 GMT 0800 local at Kingaroy.

Max is streaming video from the start.

Team details and video link here

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2010 at 1:32pm
Slight delay low cloud

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2010 at 2:15pm
Is Team Robota the same Team Robota that won the Sparkfun competition? If so, that's great news: Antonio Lyska is a super nice guy and total UAV rockstar--he designed and built his autopilot from scratch!

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2010 at 2:19pm
yes it is i think, getting ready to go for his run now, would'nt it be cool to win both, I'm back to the live

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2010 at 3:51pm
North Dakota found Joe and dropped their bottle and even, hold your breath got back! Well done Outback History

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2010 at 5:54pm
Sounds like Team Robota crashed :-(

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 28, 2010 at 3:48am
Yep he did, after a rather interesting launch as well. I also hear latitude 38 crashed on the airfield.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 28, 2010 at 5:38am
Here's what happened

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2010 at 6:37am
Great report, Gary! You must have watched a lot of Ustream to make those clips. Really well presented.

Crazy crash for Latitude38. Do you think that was under RC or autopilot control? They were flying a UNAV 3500 autopilot.
Comment by MarcS on September 28, 2010 at 8:59am
Hi Chris,

The behaviour of the aircraft looks like autopilot control with problems in wind compensation. You could see that there was lots of wind earlier. You would have to adapt the navigational gain (outer loop) to the wind automatically reducing the gain, otherwise you get these oscillations...
I just wonder why they did not take it back to manual...

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 28, 2010 at 12:54pm
Um I'm not sure and I was asleep for their run, certainly if you look behind them its a forbidding sky and as Marc says there certainly was enough wing to blow T shirts. I will get further intelligence as they all start waking up now!! I am sort of hoping they will let other teams have a crack, they have had two days to patch things up. I hear there were all sorts of dramas for the teams that did'nt make it. Things that worked hundreds of times before just refusing too on the day. This competition sets the bar high and the safety standards really have jumped.Pointing to where day to day operation should be. I did'nt scour much Ustream, its how Max left it. He has also been recording in HD and will make a compilation when its all finished.

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