CompassUAV’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) consists of a 2.2 meter, highly efficient, electric flying wing with remote payload capabilities.
Our UAV uses an Autopilot supplied by 3DRobotics, a custom safety system, an onboard image processing and recognition system, and multiple communication links to allow a highly reliable, high-speed data link to our UAV throughout flight.
The onboard systems are integrated through our custom Interface Backplane that allows for the monitoring and management of the onboard systems through one hardware interface. A stabilised high-resolution camera coupled with the autopilot provides high resolution, geographically tagged imagery of the Search and Rescue mission area.
Develop a UAV that can find and deliver a lifesaving package to a bush walker lost in a 2 km2 area, more than 7 km away from the Kingaroy Airport, in under 60 minutes.
To make the UAV Challenge more difficult, each team’s UAV must be fully autonomous. This means no human interaction as the UAV takes off, flies to the search area, flies a search pattern, takes images of the ground, processes the images to find the lost bush walker, sends the images of anyone found back to the ground team for confirmation, deliver the payload as close as possible to the bush walker, fly back to the airport and land safely.
The UAV Challenge is one of the largest international UAV competitions in the world, seeing 88 teams from 26 counties currently due to compete in September, 2014. The challenge is an initiative of QUT, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), Queensland Government and the CSIRO.UAV Challenge Website
CompassUAV is comprised of seven team members with backgrounds ranging from electrical, electronic, avionic, mechanical and software engineering, all with a keen interest in both Avionics and UAS.
CompassUAV entered into both the 2010 and 2012 UAV Challenges, and in 2012 were one of only four teams to compete in the competition flight. CompassUAV will be building on the development and experiences gained over the past 4+ years working on UAVs as a team. Lessons learnt at the conclusion of the 2012 competition highlighted the key requirement that the quality and extent of testing of each entry is greatly underestimated.