Author Archives: Stephen

UAV Challenge Diary (Day 2)

By | September 28, 2016

The UAV Challenge organisers did a really good writeup of today’s events: For my part, I’ll just add a few bits from CanberraUAV’s perspective. We spent most the morning and early afternoon running final checks on our equipment and planning our ground station placement in the field. We also noted the wind direction and… Read More »

UAV Challenge Diary (Day 1)

By | September 27, 2016

Today was a very long, very exciting day. We started at 7:30am with team registrations and safety briefings. It was really good to meet the other teams (in many cases saying hello to familiar faces from previous competitions). The rest of the day was spent with scrutineering (the judges checking our UAV’s are safe to… Read More »

UAV Challenge Diary (Day -1)

By | September 26, 2016

A very busy and exhausting day for us! This morning we split into 3 groups – one running final setup and test on our GX9 helis, another doing the same for our quadplanes. The third team travelled around likely areas we’ll be flying in the UAV Challenge, checking 3G/4G coverage and confirming our our terrain… Read More »

Following the UAV Challenge action

By | September 25, 2016

For those wanting to follow the UAV Challenge, there are several ways to follow the action this week: UAV Challenge Main Facebook Page: UAV Challenge Live Facebook Page: (frequent posts during the event) Website: Twitter: @uavchallenge  

UAV Challenge Diary (Day -2)

By | September 25, 2016

After a long day of driving, we made it to Dalby in the late afternoon. Darrell, Paul, Felix, Greg, Matt and myself went straight to the motel to sort out rooms and grab some supplies for breakfast, whilst everyone else was the the Dalby Model Aircraft Club (DMAC) surveying the facilities until dark. It was very… Read More »

Final Testing

By | September 18, 2016

With just 1 week until we start traveling to Dalby for the UAV Challenge, the last couple of weeks have been spent performing final tests and fixes to our equipment. This has included all-up tests that simulate an actual UAV Challenge scenario, finalising our checklists and mission plans, and sorting out travel to Dalby. Our… Read More »

5 weeks to go

By | August 22, 2016

Now that the Deliverable 3 results have been sent out (, CanberraUAV are happy to announce that we have passed the Deliverable 3 point and are one of the 8-11 finalists in the 2016 UAV Challenge. Over the next 5 weeks we will focus on finishing off our ground station and practicing the team roles… Read More »

Coming Together

By | August 16, 2016

Now that we’ve submitted our Deliverable 3 report, we are able to get back to doing to final fit-out of our airframes and performing all-up testing of both UAV’s and the ground station. Below are a few photos of our current airframes ready to go.