Author Archives: Jimmy

UAV Challenge 2020 communications update

By | December 12, 2019

During the 2020 challenge we will need to control our ‘rescue’ quadcopter in a farm shed up to 12 km from our ground station and establish a video and audio link to the farmer in the shed, without any dependence on the cell phone network. Quite a challenge! We think that this really pushes the limits of technology that is available to the hobbyist, community groups and small businesses. 

Communication testing

By | October 17, 2019

Full disclosure; our current communications testing for the 2020 Medical Rescue UAV Challenge isn’t the richest material for a visual update! We think that communications is the biggest challenge for the 2020 mission. We will need to maintain video, command and telemetry links with a QuadCopter in a farm shed 12km from our ground station.… Read More »

Getting mid-air launching right

By | August 21, 2019

Peter and Jack have been working hard on repairing and modifying the Boomerang and launch mechanism to make the Quad launching reliable. They have fitted a servo hold / release mechanism for the Quad which solves the problems that we had last week where the Quad was blown off the Boomerang by the prop wash… Read More »

More mid-air launch testing

By | August 7, 2019

Another exciting week for Canberra UAV and our preparations for the 2020 UAV Challenge. We conducted three more tests of a QuadCopter launching off the back of a fixed wing aircraft, the Hobbyking Bixler 2.