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  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.

2016 Imagery Released

By | March 30, 2017

We have released a full set of the imagery captured by our UAV during the 2016 UAV Challenge.

The full set (images, flight logs, waypoints) can be downloaded from:

Note the images are in pgm format, which is a raw Bayer grid data from the PtGrey Chameleon colour camera. Software ( to process the images can be found at: Note this software is not compatible with Windows.

As an example of the captured image quality, see the below photo:

UAV Challenge 2018 Announced

By | March 6, 2017

The UAV Challenge 2018 (Medical Express) has been announced. The full announcement and rules are at

This Challenge is an evolution of the 2016 UAV Challenge. As per the 2016 Challenge, teams still have to fly to Outback Joe and pick up a blood sample from him. This time, however, teams must also avoid static no-fly zones (hazards) during the flight between Joe and the Base site. Teams also have the option of competing for two addition prizes:

  • Type 2 Autonomy. Where there must be no interaction from the team via the GCS during the mission
  • Dynamic no-fly zone. Where the UAV will be given a stream of changing no-fly zones during the mission and must automatically re-plot it’s waypoints to stay outside there zones.

Looks to be an interesting challenge!

Workshop Success

By | February 4, 2017

The inaugural CanberraUAV workshop was held on the 4th February, with 17 attendees at the local makerspace – MHV

They spent the day learning and using Ardupilot, ground control software and communications links! For those that couldn’t attend, the full presentation is available from here.