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.
Jimmy has been learning how to run auto missions with a Hobbyking Bixler 2 and a beta test Durandal unit. Here’s how it went: https://discuss.ardupilot.org/t/holybro-durandal-user-experience-in-bixler-2/49122
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 »
We are really excited that Cassandra and Elizabeth have entered a CanberraUAV Junior Team in the high school UAV Challenge and they have made it through to the competition this weekend in Queensland! They have been working hard on developing an autonomous mission with their 3DR Solo for the main mission. They have also done… Read More »
For the last few weeks the CanberraUAV skunkworks has been busy working on solutions to the 2020 Medical Rescue UAV Challenge problems.
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 »
This week we moved from the Hobbyking Bixler 2 as a launch platform for our HolyBro QAV250 Quadcopter onto a bigger platform, a Boomerang 60. We also tested the new Hex HereFlow combined optical flow and LIDAR unit over CAN on another of our HolyBro QAV250 QuadCopters.
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.