Back Flying

After the crash of our primary airframe 2 weeks ago, we have switched to our backup airframe (a Pilatus Porter RC model) and are running our flight testing. We’ve already managed to “find” Joe at our local RC airfield and have done a few bottle drops. So far the only casualty has been the tailwheel… Read More »

Slight Change of Plans

Last Sunday, our competition UAV (the Bushmaster) was involved in a mid-air collision with another RC aircraft at CMAC flying club. It was accidental – these things do occur once every 6 months or so. It was just bad luck that it happened to us at this time. The damage to the Bushmaster was severe… Read More »

Deliverable 3

CanberraUAV, along with 19 other teams, has submitted the Deliverable 3 report for the UAV Outback Challenge. The focus of this report was to show at least 5 hours of automated fight, plus photos and videos of the UAV and ground station.

Not-so-final Plans

With the Outback UAV Challenge only 10 weekends away, we are starting to finalise our plans for the rest of this time. It is important that we are able to test all our our equipment and procedures prior to this time. The main items to test are the bottle drop, camera/imagery system, radio links and… Read More »

Flying again

After a couple of weeks of repair of the damaged airframe, we have finished the rebuild!

Rebuild Progress

We’ve almost got the new Bushmaster airframe up and running. The wings and fuselage are mostly done and we are now fitting the electronics systems.

Build Update

Since the untimely demise of our Bushmaster airframe several weeks ago, we’ve been busy building up a second copy of it. The wings are mostly done, the engine has been re-conditioned and the fuselage is coming along nicely. If all goes according to plan we should have the maiden flight next weekend. This has forced… Read More »

When Things Go Wrong

It is in the nature of R&D that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Sometimes they fail pretty spectacular. Last weekend was one of those times, when we lost control of our main airframe (the Bushmaster) during a normal flight and it subsequently crashed into the ground nearby.

Long Duration Flights

Now that we’re on the road to Deliverable 3, our major task is to ensure our airframe can cope with repeated long-duration flights. Up until now, we flown our Bushmaster airframe for 15-20 minutes at a time. For the Outback Challenge we need to ensure the airframe can reliably fly for 60-90 minutes. The major… Read More »

Deliverable 2 Submitted

After much hard work writing and filming our Deliverable 2 report. We have submitted our report to the Outback Challenge organisers. We should have our go/no-go response from them in the next couple of week. In the meantime here is the final report in all it’s glory: