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Hi Guys

Just a quick update on the status of the IP camera vision software. I have added/fixed the following things:

  • Will now auto re-establish connection between the camera/ground station if the link is lost and then found again.
  • Any footage being recorded will continue once camera connection is re-established.
  • User inputs required for initialisation have been moved to a dialog box that is shown only at program start.
  • General interface neatening.
  • Cleanup of the code. 

Here are some screen shots:

This is the main interface, i have cleaned up and re-styled it. The empty white box on the left is where the controls/indicators for the target acquisition system will be going.


Tagged in: LabVIEW , IP Camera , IMAQdx , Axis

Hi All,

Some pictures and description of my short range ground station antenna setup for the 2011/2012 OBC.


Tagged in: WiFi , USB , station , reflector , OBC , LMZ14203 , ground , Digi , DD-WRT , corner , CAT5 , Antenna , 9xTend , 900Mhz , 2.4Ghz

I have knocked up a quick little labVIEW app to do the following things: 

  • Acquire images from a Axis 207MW IP camera (wireless).
  • Snap photos and save them to file with a meaningful name.
  • Option to automatically save each frame as a .jpg (to create mosaics).
  • Record .AVI files of live flights to disk.
  • Perform target acquisition (for the OBC).

Tagged in: WiFi , vision , video , software , picture , mosaic , LabVIEW , IP , IMAQdx , GNU , codec , Camera , Axis , AVI , 207MW , .jpg

Hi All,

I have been very busy recently with graduating + new job so UAV progress has been fairly slow however slow times are over and I am getting back into it. Through a stroke of good luck I have acquired a new dedicated workshop to put all my stuff in.

Here are some pictures of my new workshop and I am looking forward to competing in the DIY Drones T3 competitions leading up the the 2011 OBC.

View from the doorway.
View from the doorway

Here my video component of Deliverable 2 for the 2010 OBC. According to section 6.2 of the rules the video must show the following:

Tagged in: UAV , Robotics , Rescue , OBC , Maja , deliverable 2

Hi All,

This update contains some flight test results with video as well as software simulation and programming using the Paparazzi ground station.

Tagged in: video , Paparazzi , Outback , manual , Linux , Karmic , competition , Challenge , Borjet , airframe

Hi All,

I am currently being plagued by PPM encoder issues so i have been unable to fly the plane yet but i have forced on and achieved the following:

  • Installed Autopilot and failsafe electronics.
  • Installed & tested water bottle drop mechanism
  • Installed and calibrated IR sensors.
  • Installed & tested GPS
  • Due to issues with the ppm encoder i have only achieved partial system integration however I am still able to switch between full-auto mode and full-manual mode via a workaround.

The jiffy box houses the Autopilot - Encoder - RC receiver - Failsafe device.


Tagged in: Paparazzi UAV , Maja , IR , Intergration , GPS

Just a quick guide outlining how to interface Paparazzi with the Maxstream 9xtend series of modems.


Tagged in: UAV , Paparazzi , OEM , MaxStream , long range , How to , ESD , 9xTend , 900Mhz , 1W

After the motor failure that was experienced in the first test flight a more comprehensively documented electronics brand was selected to wholly replace the previous motor and speed controller setup.

Tagged in: UAV , test , Scorpion , power , clamp meter , Bench , 3026-890Kv , 10x7

The plane was successfully flown in manual (RC) mode however the motor blew up approximately 2 minutes into the flight. The following footage (20 seconds) is of the plane gliding in for a smooth landing after motor failure (please excuse the camera shake my little bother was filming).

Tagged in: video , UAV , subsystem , servo , RC , modular , manual , design practices , Borjet , airframe
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