2018 UAV Challenge

This page is a short summary of our efforts in the 2018 UAV Challenge – the “Medical Express”. It was held at the Dalby Model Aircraft Club over 26-28 September 2018.

CanberraUAV would like to thank our sponsors for the 2018 UAV Challenge:


CanberraUAV came 3rd place in this competition, after Monash UAS and Team Dhaksha. Both of those teams were very impressive and the competition was extremely tight.


We were awarded an incentive award for the team performing best in the DST Group ‘Extension Autonomy Challenge’. Our aircraft both avoided numerous ‘imaginary’ aircraft and birds on their turn journey to Joe, thanks to the amazing Ardupilot dynamic avoidance capabilities that our team had worked very hard on in the run up to the competition.


We’ve posted a video of our full mission here: https://youtu.be/Lb1gIhfldZQ

A video of the the Mission Monitoring screen throughout the mission is here: https://youtu.be/ZAMDH7risXw

Here is a video of the us testing the autonomous avoidance prior to the challenge: https://youtu.be/fRItYXRiEYY

Here is our D3 video report: https://youtu.be/-3Vn0br6vVU

Here is our D2 video report: https://youtu.be/Bj8gk535vR8


Tridge has provided a detailed post analysis here:

Outback Challenge 2018 Debrief

The organisers have done a great summary of events here too: https://uavchallenge.org/page/1/