Author Archives: Jimmy

UAV Challenge. Tuesday 25 September summary

By | September 26, 2018

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 »

By | September 20, 2018 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 preparations

By | September 16, 2018

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!

Autonomous avoidance and target location testing

By | September 9, 2018

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!

Flying completed for the 2018 UAV Challenge

By | July 17, 2018

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 »

What goes up…

By | May 8, 2018

While in loiter we suffered a double rear right vertical lift motor failure which caused a near instant departure from controlled flight.