So some time has passed, and I have a nagging in the back of my mind - why couldn't we field an Outback Challenge Team? We are already working on several projects, and combined we have a PILE of UAS time in the air. We could even purpose-design the entire system; airframe, autopilot, all of it from ongoing projects or designs here on DIYDRONES. I have no doubt we could raise a little money and could field a competitive team. I know we are spread all over the world, and that this is all OpenSource...but what better way to prove that this type of collaboration really can produce world-class results.

Sooo...who's in?? Seriously, I'm in - and looking for compatriats!

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Comment by Brian Wolfe on November 30, 2009 at 11:14am
I'm interested. Whether or not the realities of life allow me time to participate are another story.
Comment by Scott Plunkett on November 30, 2009 at 11:30am
Welcome aboard - we all acknowledge the realities of of life and the time allowance we would have to make; so we'd have to come up with some milestones, and sub-project managers to actually make a go at this. Undoubtedly, not EVERYONE who works on the project will be able to go to the "Land Down Under" for the actual competition, but ANYONE could fulfill a sub-project lead role, or the role of assisting with documentation, design etc. etc. SO whatever anyone could do would be appreciated, and of course you'd be a part of an amazing team...;)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 3:40pm
I think we're going to have a AUVSI colligiate entry. That, along with the Sparkfun contest, FIRST robotics (blimps) and our own T3 contests, will probably be all that I can handle this year.
Comment by Michael on November 30, 2009 at 4:43pm
Hi Scott,

I am planning on entering the 2010 outback challenge with Ardupilot. Have been working away slowly for a little while now. I am planning on using a gas engine and two arduopilots. I have been testing on the plane pictured in my profile. It had a nasty crash a while ago, but that was a once off luckily. Took a little while to rebuild :)
Comment by Aaron Buckner on November 30, 2009 at 8:06pm
I'd be interested... This would be a great way for me to start getting more involved in the airborne aspect of the site. I'm currently working on integrating the ArduIMU+ into a navigation and mapping solution, I do own a spare ardupilot (v2 I think red pcb about 5months old) and an EM406a GPS I would be willing to donate.

Realistically I can devote 2-4hrs a week if needed though I'm not really sure what else I can do to help out as I'm still in the experimenting stage on my ROV :) This sounds like it could be a good project.

Comment by Morli on November 30, 2009 at 8:19pm
Me 2 , :) Count me in, was hoping to able to attend /witness in/atleast by 2020 :) , any thing earlier is highly appreciated. working on my own pusher dual boom gas/nitro( look for nexstar UAV post in this forum) for now, OK will RF/comm hardware/ RC handling/flying etc . Good luck.

Comment by Alex on November 30, 2009 at 9:58pm
Thats a great Idea Scott, I am definitely interested to join the team, I have only been involved with my own UAV project for about 4months now since my graduation (still long way to go) mainly focusing on auto-land right now. But I have lots of time on my hands with my current job and from my degree have lots of the background theory covered already. let me konw what you think
Comment by Dr Mike Black on December 1, 2009 at 1:55am
Im up for it....

One aerodynamicist, and airframe manufacturer, at your service, SIR!

We have a model aircraft manufacturing plant with Laser cutters, CNC cutters, cad team, yada, yada, yada

and some limited LV programming skills if it is of any help to you?

Happy to get involved if you need it.
(also we ship to OZ weekly)



Comment by Morli on December 1, 2009 at 6:01am
Ship me Doc , will work for answers for my question* won't ask too many) as it arises while working :))))))))))))
Comment by Michael on December 1, 2009 at 5:31pm
Hi Doc,

This could work out well because I was looking at buying a new plane for the outback challenge and if I can get it custom made, even better!


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