What a busy day on the UAV Challenge. Scrutineering was our main event yesterday. It came in three parts; technical scrutineering, a live motors running test of the geofence and a team interview by the judges. All three seemed to go well; at least we haven’t been told otherwise! The GeoFence test involves physically pushing… Read More »
https://youtu.be/VHeDL85iWdI Tridge has just posted a video on how we intend to use new autonomous avoidance functionality in ArduPilot for the @uavchallenge . Not long now; we’re coming Joe!
Competition prep is never finished! Engine testing and getting ready to test revisions to our avoidance software for the @uavchallenge today. Not long to go now! Thanks for the beautiful weather #Canberra!
Fresh winds today! A test flight of #autonomous avoidance of constructive aircraft, birds and weather for the @uavchallenge with 22 knots across the runway. Our trusty Ranger testbed aircraft found Joe’s target whilst crabbing into wind to fly a search pattern. We’re coming Joe!
Here’s a screen shot from some testing with our new automated imagery processing code running on Raspberry Pi with PiCam for finding Outback Joe. Stephen has been working really hard on this while the rest of the team focussed on the OctoPorter and Kraken; now it’s time to give these algorithms a work out! We… Read More »
What an amazing weekend! The Kraken flew two long missions; the second of which was 1 hour and 28 minutes. This is pretty amazing for a purely electric aircraft. The OctoPorter flew twice on Sunday, with both missions being 1 hour missions. It was a great sight to see them both tracking autonomously around their… Read More »
While in loiter we suffered a double rear right vertical lift motor failure which caused a near instant departure from controlled flight.
We have just heard from @uavchallenge that we have passed the D2 stage and continue in the competition! Hurrah! EllaO also wants you to know that she took these photos of the QuadStar that did a number of auto missions to test new software updates today.