This talk will discuss the ups and downs (including a spectacular helicopter crash!) of the successful 2016 Outback Challenge entry by the CanberraUAV team. We're delighted to note that most teams in the OBC now run ArduPilot, but the challenge is living up to its reputation as a tough nut to crack.
I will also introduce some notable new aircraft designs, including my personal favourite, the TVBS (thrust vectored belly sitter).
Central to the OBC was communications, with the requirement for reliable beyond visual range communications a real challenge in a rural environment. The flight logs of our 2016 challenge flights show some rather surprising results with telstra and optus 3G modems, with communications lag far beyond what was expected. The highly redundant network system we used in CanberraUAV was very complex, but proved its worth on the day after our relay aircraft was destroyed.
Tridge has been hacking on open source for as long as he can remember. Best known for his work on tools like Samba and rsync, in recent years he has become obsessed with flying robots, putting most of his effort into the ArduPilot free software autopilot project.