Build Day

By | June 27, 2017

Over the weekend several members (and their children) spent the day building up our next fleet or test platfrom UAVs. This included the Ranger – now fitted with a Raspberry Pi Camera for imagering tests, and a few new tailsitter UAVs.

There will be tested over coming weeks for both our imagery evaluation (Ranger) and novel VTOL fixed-wing UAVs (primarily gimballed thrust electric) research areas.

More Imaging Testing

By | June 15, 2017

Last weekend, we trialled 3 cameras:

  • Pt Grey Chameleon (the camera we used in previous UAV Challenges)
  • GoPro 3+
  • PiCam

They were carried up by a 3DR Solo and photos taken of the landing target(s) from a variety of heights between 10m and 100m.

 

The initial results were:

Over the next couple of months we’ll be testing many more cameras – so stay tuned for more photos!

Landing Target Initial Testing

By | June 4, 2017

One of the more signifigant changes in the updated rules for the UAV Challenge is the requirement to accurately land on a A2-sized target.

This weekend’s R&D testing consisted of testing landing targets with our PtGrey Chameleon camera. Initial ground testing with a A4-sized landing target at 40m was not promising.

We’ll strap our imaging gear to a quadcopter for next weekend and see if we get a better result! Otherwise we’ll need to start looking at alternative cameras.

CanberraUAV Imagery Code Release

By | May 16, 2017

We’d like to announce the latest release of our imagery code (also known as the CUAV Tools). This is the software we’ve used to successfully find Joe at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 UAV Challenges

Significant work has gone into documenting the usage of the Tools, in addition to GUIs and Windows compatibility – making it much easier for new people to get started with the tools.

The documentation (with download links) can be found at http://canberrauav.github.io/cuav/build/html/index.html

The Tools are designed to efficiently run through a large dataset of images and identify any unusual or interesting objects. These objects are then geolocated via an associated tlog file or the Exif positioning data within the images.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of our Patreons (https://www.patreon.com/canberrauav), whose generosity continues to make this development possible!

Testing the Convergence

By | April 30, 2017

Our flight testing of the Eflite Convergence continued this weekend, with fine tuning of the PID parameters. This resulted in a very nice flight:

Our overall goal with the Convergence is to further our skills and research into VTOL-capable electric UAV’s. If successful, we’ll look at scaling up a suitable model for use in the UAV Challenge.

At CMAC

By | April 26, 2017

One of our team members has put together a show video of Canberra Model Aircraft Club (CMAC), which is where we do the vast majority of our test flights and development. We meet here every Sunday morning for coffee, biscuits and UAV testing!

We have a Patreon!

By | April 20, 2017

Today is an exciting day for CanberraUAV. We have just launched our Patreon page!

If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s an easy way for those interested in CanberraUAV to support us. By contributing as little as $5 per month, patrons will help cover the many costs incurred by CanberraUAV in developing open source UAV technology for the community.

From when Canberra UAV was first formed in 2012, the decision was taken to operate on an open-source basis. Through an open-source approach, we hope others can build on what we have learned and continue to learn.

All of the documentation relevant to our entries in the UAV Challenge, including information about airframes, hardware and software solutions, as well as our general research and development work for UAS are made freely available on our website at www.canberrauav.org.au.  We even go as far as providing ad hoc specialist assistance and advice to other not for profit groups and individuals free of charge. Since 2012, we have contributed heavily to the advancement of open source civilian UAS technology.

Without any regular sources of income, our work depends on the work a core group of dedicated volunteers who give up their time on weekends and after work. The scope of our activities has come to the point where we hope that some of our supporters will consider making a financial contribution, however small, to support us continue our work. We understand that not everyone will be in a position to offer financial support and we appreciate any support that you are able to offer. Patreon supporter status (or otherwise) will have no bearing on the information that we provide or alter our open-source approach.

 

First flight of the Trinity

By | April 16, 2017

Today was the first flight of the “Trinity” multicopter. It contains an electric tricopter with an small internal combustion engine at the centre for added lifting power.

The flight was successful, as shown in this video:

Next is to test the handling and endurance – and determine if it’s more efficient than a traditional multicopter, whilst still being practical to fly.