Author Archives: Stephen

Build Day

By | June 27, 2017

Over the weekend several members (and their children) spent the day building up our next fleet or test platfrom UAVs. This included the Ranger – now fitted with a Raspberry Pi Camera for imagering tests, and a few new tailsitter UAVs. There will be tested over coming weeks for both our imagery evaluation (Ranger) and… Read More »

More Imaging Testing

By | June 15, 2017

Last weekend, we trialled 3 cameras: Pt Grey Chameleon (the camera we used in previous UAV Challenges) GoPro 3+ PiCam They were carried up by a 3DR Solo and photos taken of the landing target(s) from a variety of heights between 10m and 100m.   The initial results were: Over the next couple of months… Read More »

Landing Target Initial Testing

By | June 4, 2017

One of the more signifigant changes in the updated rules for the UAV Challenge is the requirement to accurately land on a A2-sized target. This weekend’s R&D testing consisted of testing landing targets with our PtGrey Chameleon camera. Initial ground testing with a A4-sized landing target at 40m was not promising. We’ll strap our imaging… Read More »

CanberraUAV Imagery Code Release

By | May 16, 2017

We’d like to announce the latest release of our imagery code (also known as the CUAV Tools). This is the software we’ve used to successfully find Joe at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 UAV Challenges Significant work has gone into documenting the usage of the Tools, in addition to GUIs and Windows compatibility – making… Read More »

Testing the Convergence

By | April 30, 2017

Our flight testing of the Eflite Convergence continued this weekend, with fine tuning of the PID parameters. This resulted in a very nice flight: Our overall goal with the Convergence is to further our skills and research into VTOL-capable electric UAV’s. If successful, we’ll look at scaling up a suitable model for use in the… Read More »

At CMAC

By | April 26, 2017

One of our team members has put together a show video of Canberra Model Aircraft Club (CMAC), which is where we do the vast majority of our test flights and development. We meet here every Sunday morning for coffee, biscuits and UAV testing!

We have a Patreon!

By | April 20, 2017

Today is an exciting day for CanberraUAV. We have just launched our Patreon page! If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s an easy way for those interested in CanberraUAV to support us. By contributing as little as $5 per month, patrons will help cover the many costs incurred by CanberraUAV in developing open source UAV… Read More »

First flight of the Trinity

By | April 16, 2017

Today was the first flight of the “Trinity” multicopter. It contains an electric tricopter with an small internal combustion engine at the centre for added lifting power. The flight was successful, as shown in this video: Next is to test the handling and endurance – and determine if it’s more efficient than a traditional multicopter,… Read More »