Last Sunday, our competition UAV (the Bushmaster) was involved in a mid-air collision with another RC aircraft at CMAC flying club. It was accidental – these things do occur once every 6 months or so. It was just bad luck that it happened to us at this time.
The damage to the Bushmaster was severe and we are not sure if it will be able to be repaired before the competition in 6 weeks.
As such, we have (with the permission of the OBC organisers) decided to take the step of moving to our backup aircraft – the Pilatus Porter. We had flown this aircraft many times earlier in the year. The plan is to fit the rest of our equipment to the Porter and begin using it in our OBC test fights.
The re-building of the Bushmaster will be left as a secondary task and will be our backup if we are not able to use the Porter.