Over the 2nd-5th March weekend, Monash UAS made the drive out to Avalon Airport for the 2017 Avalon Airshow. The Avalon Airshow is hosted every two years and is an opportunity for aircraft enthusiasts from all over the world to come together to see and discuss aircraft and associated technologies. There were dazzling displays of flight formations and manoeuvres by the world’s top pilots. As well as the flight displays there are private jets, small aircraft, commercial aircraft and military aircraft on display on the ground. Inside the trade halls over 600 industries were represented to demonstrate their advances in technology and research. Prior to the public days, Avalon was open for industries and students to network and explore opportunities for collaboration.
This year marks the first time the team was able to open our own stall to showcase our 2016 competition aircraft for the industries and the public to see. We were situated inside the Drone Showcase among other companies and universities involved in the drone community. Our 2016 competition mainframe was on display as well as the 2014 model. The team answered hundreds of questions about the competition and what we do allowing us to inform the public about the construction of the aircraft and what it can do. Hobbyists were thoroughly interested in our control systems and the potential uses of our aircraft.
Monash UAS made many contacts with industries, potential sponsors and interested individuals that we’ll be exploring in the next few weeks. Having such contacts will help us to improve our manufacturing, programming and piloting capabilities in the next year.
Monash UAS has officially passed Deliverable 1, the first hurdle on the road to the 2016 UAV Challenge!
This is just the first step in what is sure to be a long and rewarding journey. Congratulations to everyone that passed and commiserations to those who did not.
See the full article published by the UAV Challenge here: http://uavchallenge.org/2015/09/21/59-go-decisions-for-medical-express-deliverable-1/
We are looking for passionate, dedicated students who are ready to learn and apply hands on engineering in a team environment. No experience is necessary. Applications close in three weeks time, on the 9th of October.
Monash University recently held it's annual Open Day and we were very excited to take part in some of the activities that were happening on the day. Perhaps one of the most unique projects taking place was Future Burger Monash. This was an event organised by Monash University's Information Technology Faculty which saw Mr. Burger burgers being flown through the sky from one side of campus to the other on one of XM2 Aerial's UAVs. We were thrilled to have to opportunity to aid the operation and help show students and their families yet another application of UAVs.
The next UAV Challenge has been announced after the 2014 version was successfully completed.
Set to take to the skies in 2016, the next challenge has been dubbed the Medical Express, with Outback Joe in trouble again. However, this time he is stranded 10 km from the nearest town, where doctors desperately need a blood sample. To make matters worse, he is surrounded by flood waters as well as various obstacles.
As well as the Outback Search and Rescue Challenge, the Monash UAS team was involved in many events within the university.
From the establishment of the team in late 2013, the focus was always on the Outback Search and Rescue Challenge in Kingaroy. Our initial challenge was to construct an aircraft capable of completing the challenge. The team felt that a custom designed and built aircraft would give us the best chance of successfully completing the challenge. After much research, late nights building and repairing, the team was able to produce two aircraft designs. “Vision” was the result of the first design process while “Aeolus” included all necessary improvements and modifications.
At the same time, the avionics team was hard at work developing the image filtering and recognition software that would be used by our autopilot while the flight operations team were creating potential flight plans and flight testing our aircraft.
The Monash UAS team returned from Kingaroy last week, after completing the Outback Search and Rescue Mission. During our mission flight, we were able to successfully fly out to the search area, take and send photos and land successfully. The team ran into issues during image processing, with the images being blurry. As a result we were unable to locate Outback Joe or drop the rescue package. A detailed account of the mission is being prepared and will be released shortly.
Now that we have returned, our focus shifts to 2015. In the immediate future, recruitment will begin for next year's intake. The team is looking to take on enthusiastic and committed students to participate in innovating and exciting projects. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more details.
Follow our path to the competition here.