Today was the final day of the OBC. 5 teams ended up flying:
Aetournos – One of the multicopter teams. Took off and made it to the search area. Something went wrong during the mission and it attempted to return. It was seen to be attempting to land and flipped over at 10m altitude. Heavy damage resulted.
CanberraUAV – Successfully found Joe and dropped a bottle to him with 2.6m accuracy. The takeoff and landing were a bit “exciting” and were not up to our usual standard.
Team Thunder – Successfully found Joe and dropped a bottle to him.
Condor – Took off and entered the search area. They suffered a camera failure and returned to the airport.
MelAvio – After some technical difficulties with their camera, took off and entered the search area. The suffered a datalink loss and returned to the airport. Their landing was quite heavy and damaged their nose section.
Rescue Robotics (the other multicopter team) pulled out due to technical issues.
After all the flying, we had the awards ceremony. The team leader of MelAvio (Pawel Wozniak) won the airmanship award and CanberraUAV won the Search & Rescue Challenge.
The rest of the afternoon was spent celebrating in a local pub with the Canadian team and we later moved to a nearby winery with the Swiss and a few local teams.
Tomorrow morning will be spent packing and we should all be back in Canberra sometime Sunday.
And thus ends the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge!