Author Archives: Stephen

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 »


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 »

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: Note the images are in pgm format, which is a raw Bayer grid data from the PtGrey Chameleon colour camera. Software ( to process the… Read More »

UAV Challenge 2018 Announced

By | March 6, 2017

The UAV Challenge 2018 (Medical Express) has been announced. The full announcement and rules are at 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… Read More »