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.

UAV Challenge Diary (Day 4)

By | September 30, 2016

Today was a free day for us, as the UAV Challenge finished yesterday. As the original event schedule had today as a bad weather contingency day, we’d arranged to be in Dalby for the day anyway.

The morning was spent doing a few extra interviews and photos with the videographer from the BBC, who has been covering the event this week. Hopefully he’s got enough footage for a decent documentary on the UAV Challenge!

After that, we spent some time chatting with a few other teams still in Dalby and providing some advice and technical assistance with the Ardupilot/MAVProxy software.

There’s now plenty of new photos of the UAV Challenge in our Flickr account (, most of which were taken by Darrell Burkey.

Tomorrow we start the long road back to Canberra, and then back to our normal lives!

UAV Challenge Diary (Day 3)

By | September 29, 2016

Today was the final flights of the UAV Challenge, then the awards and presentation.

As always, the UAV Challenge organisers have posted a good summary of the day:

From our perspective, we were content to watch and chat with the other teams.

We had the team photos and awards ceremony around mid-afternoon. CanberraUAV came 1st place (though we weren’t eligible for the $50,000 prize).

The plan from here is to relax for 1 day and start the long drive back to Canberra on Saturday.

We’ve had an awesome time a the UAV Challenge! – many thanks to CSIRO/QUT for organising the event (with assistance from their many sponsors).

It was great the meet all the other teams too; we’ve made many more friends and spent hours discussing the finer points of building and flying UAV’s. There were even a few students from UQ looking to enter a team in the next UAV Challenge.

All in all, we’ve had an awesome week!