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 novel VTOL fixed-wing UAVs (primarily gimballed thrust electric) research areas.
The Tools are designed to efficiently run through a large dataset of images and identify any unusual or interesting objects. These objects are then geolocated via an associated tlog file or the Exif positioning data within the images.
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!
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 technology for the community.
From when Canberra UAV was first formed in 2012, the decision was taken to operate on an open-source basis. Through an open-source approach, we hope others can build on what we have learned and continue to learn.
All of the documentation relevant to our entries in the UAV Challenge, including information about airframes, hardware and software solutions, as well as our general research and development work for UAS are made freely available on our website at www.canberrauav.org.au. We even go as far as providing ad hoc specialist assistance and advice to other not for profit groups and individuals free of charge. Since 2012, we have contributed heavily to the advancement of open source civilian UAS technology.
Without any regular sources of income, our work depends on the work a core group of dedicated volunteers who give up their time on weekends and after work. The scope of our activities has come to the point where we hope that some of our supporters will consider making a financial contribution, however small, to support us continue our work. We understand that not everyone will be in a position to offer financial support and we appreciate any support that you are able to offer. Patreon supporter status (or otherwise) will have no bearing on the information that we provide or alter our open-source approach.