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This build log entry details construction of the Borjet Maja airframe specifications for which can be found in a previous blog post here.

Tagged in: Velcro , UAV , S9257 , rudder , Planes , modular , Maja , Machine , Great , Gold-N-Clevises , Futaba , fiber , elevator , CG , carbon , Borjet , autopilot , airframe

Hi All,

As this is the first build log post I will describe some of the build and design practices that I will be using. Firstly I will almost always try and use existing commercial available off the shelf (COTS) hardware wherever possible as there are no prizes for "re-inventing the wheel". The lowest replaceable unit (LRU) will be at the subsystem level so that any problems with UAV subsystems can be repaired rapidly through subsystem replacement.

Okay lets get started!

Tagged in: UAV , subsystem , servo , replacement , PPM , Paparazzi , Molex Picoblade , modular , Futaba , encoder , design practices , COTS , competition

Overall outline of this guide:

1.      Hardware configuration overview.

2.      Outline of required components and where to buy them.

Tagged in: TWOG , TINY , servo , RC , Paparazzi , Molex , howto , hardware , guide , flow , Farnell , data

2009 OBC getting coverage on ABC1’s Catalyst show, for those of you who missed it you can check it out here:

Tagged in: UAV , TV , Outback , Challenge , Catalyst , ABC , 2009


Borjet (Germany) have generously decided to sponsor Rescue Robotics to help promote their Maja UAV kit.

The Maja UAV kit has the following specifications:

·        Wingspan: 180 cm

·        Length: 120 cm

·        Weight without battery: 1.5 kg

·        Payload (including battery): 1.5 kg

·        Base construction material: EPP foam

I will be documenting my build process as I go here on


image taken from DIY drones.


Tagged in: UAV , Maja , hardware , COTS , competition , Challenge , Borjet , airframe

Overall outline of this guide:

1.      Installing Linux Ubuntu 11.04, estimated time to complete 1hr (not including download time).

2.      Installing Paparazzi Ground Control Station software, estimated time to complete 45min.

Note: Ubuntu has a 6 month regular release cycle which means this guide will have to be updated to match the latest Ubuntu release. Please email me if the latest version of Ubuntu does not match the one listed above and i will update the guide.

Tagged in: Ubuntu , tutorial , Paparazzi , Linux , Karmic , guide , getting started

Here i will document my experiences building a paparazzi based unmanned aerial vehicle for the 2010 Outback UAV Challenge.

Tagged in: UAV , Paparazzi , Outback , Challenge , 2010
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