2016 Imagery Released

By | March 30, 2017

We have released a full set of the imagery captured by our UAV during the 2016 UAV Challenge.

The full set (images, flight logs, waypoints) can be downloaded from: http://uav.anu.edu.au/OBC2016/CanberraUAV/

Note the images are in pgm format, which is a raw Bayer grid data from the PtGrey Chameleon colour camera. Software (pgm_convert.py) to process the images can be found at: https://github.com/CanberraUAV/cuav. Note this software is not compatible with Windows.

As an example of the captured image quality, see the below photo:

UAV Challenge 2018 Announced

By | March 6, 2017

The UAV Challenge 2018 (Medical Express) has been announced. The full announcement and rules are at https://uavchallenge.org/medical-express/

This Challenge is an evolution of the 2016 UAV Challenge. As per the 2016 Challenge, teams still have to fly to Outback Joe and pick up a blood sample from him. This time, however, teams must also avoid static no-fly zones (hazards) during the flight between Joe and the Base site. Teams also have the option of competing for two addition prizes:

  • Type 2 Autonomy. Where there must be no interaction from the team via the GCS during the mission
  • Dynamic no-fly zone. Where the UAV will be given a stream of changing no-fly zones during the mission and must automatically re-plot it’s waypoints to stay outside there zones.

Looks to be an interesting challenge!

Workshop Success

By | February 4, 2017

The inaugural CanberraUAV workshop was held on the 4th February, with 17 attendees at the local makerspace – MHV

They spent the day learning and using Ardupilot, ground control software and communications links! For those that couldn’t attend, the full presentation is available from here.

CanberraUAV Workshop – Feb 2017

By | December 21, 2016

CanberraUAV are planning to run a UAV workshop early next year at MHV. Unlike previous workshops, this won’t be a build/fix-your-own-quadcopter workshop; rather a detailed look at some of the technologies we use in our (open-source) UAV’s.

The aim of the workshop would be to educate people on how to understand, use and extend some of the technologies we use in CanberraUAV.

We’ll conduct the workshop for both Windows and Linux users, with no previous experience or knowledge required

The specific details are:
Date: 10am-5pm Sat 4th Feb.
Venue: MHV Canberra

Topics and timings:
Autopilot (APM): 10am-12pm
Ground Station: 1pm-3pm
Communications: 3pm-5pm

Stay tuned for more details!


By | October 4, 2016

Now that we’re all safely back home, I’d just like to give thanks to all the support CanberraUAV has been given by individuals and organisations. Without you support, we would not have made it to 1st place in the 2016 UAV Challenge.

Thanks go to:

  • Gaui: For supplying us the 2x GX9 helicopters (at a steep discount) and ongoing technical support for the GX9’s over the past year.
  • Halo Blades: For supplying the helicopter blades for the aforementioned GX9’s
  • Hobbyking: For the store credit that allowed us to buy many small bits and pieces for our airframes
  • CMAC: For letting us test fly our many experimental airframes at your field and your warmth (literally in terms of the fireplace you installed!) and friendliness to our team.
  • Ardupilot: For all your awesome work in creating a world-class flight controller and depth of support for all of our issues and queries.

I’d also like the thank the entire CanberraUAV team – together have once again proven our ability to make world-leading UAV systems. Our skills run the entire gamut of software, airframes, electronics, imaging and communications. Also to those who have assisted me with the administration and organisation of CanberraUAV – thankyou as well. I deeply appreciated all the (voluntary) time you’ve devoted to this awesome hobby.