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I was able to (finally) get the Drone into the air last week and it went very well!

 The control system successfully stabilised the plane and directed it towards the desired waypoints.

 The flight time was cut short at around 11 minutes due to rain however this short flight has demonstrated the core capabilities of the control system.


Tagged in: video , UAV , LabVIEW , Flight , Drone

I set up the UAV in my backyard today so you can get an idea of the overall progress.

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

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

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

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
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