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Posted by RolandS888 | Feb 05, 2011 @ 11:45 PM | 58,749 Views
This is a video compiled from photos and flight video taken during our 3 scrutineering flights at the 2010 UAV Outback Challenge at Kingaroy in September.
It wasnt intended to be used as public video, but as we didnt progress to the next stage this was the only video we took away from the competition.
Latitude 38S UAV 2010 Kingaroy Flight Video Compilation (7 min 6 sec)

Posted by RolandS888 | Oct 20, 2010 @ 05:13 AM | 60,995 Views
Well, the dust has settled on the competition now and we made it home after a very long drive from Kingaroy.
Well done to UND and Robota, a great effort from both teams to get as far as they did.
Unbelievably, they were the only two teams that flew in the S&R competition this year; Joe was nearly rescued, so close but not quite.

We have been analysing our FDR data and are working on the reasons we didn’t do as well as we had hoped.
We did 3 scrutineering flights and had to abort each of them for different reasons. So we ended up not being able to continue on to the S&R flight.
Our first flight showed some control issues relating to an external antenna we had to place on the wings, so we landed and adjusted what needed to be adjusted.
The second flight was going well until, under autopilot, the GCS laptop started playing up. The mouse was jumping all over the screen and clicking on things that were not being selected. I had no choice but to bring the plane back and get Paul to land it.
That was the end of Monday.
We did a full system test that night at the motel, and it showed that the USB numeric keypad connected to the laptop was causing the problem – it went straight into the bin. Problem solved.

On Tuesday morning we arrived at 6am as requested for the announcement of flight times. After being told we weren’t flying until after lunch, we went back to the motel and did another full system test, just to make sure everything was working, and it was.

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Posted by RolandS888 | Aug 25, 2010 @ 07:58 AM | 58,646 Views