Members of RUASRT have formed the Australian Micro-Air-Vehicles (AMAV) organisation which will organise an annual competition to promote innovations for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The 2016 competition is open to RMIT staff and students but in future will open to all universities across Australia and internationally.
The AMAV competition involves two obstacle courses of varying degrees of difficulty aimed for undergraduate and postgraduate university level student contestants. The goal is to design a UAS to complete industry-relevant tasks such as obstacle avoidance and payload delivery, while dealing with real-world complications like wind gusts and lack of GPS signal.
For more information, or to enter the competition, see the website: http://amavs.org/
The RUASRT has had a large influx of interested undergraduate students in 2016 from a range of disciplines. PhD Student Sam Prudden provided two free tutorials totalling four hours to ensure that the new students can obtain a baseline knowledge of multi-rotor UAS (MUAS) and become active and productive members in the team.
The tutorials covered topics including applications and rules for MUAS, considerations for airframe design and configuration as well as details about propulsion, avionics, payload and communications systems.
These tutorials are the beginning of a new series run by post-graduate volunteers aimed to support both extra-curricular activities and coursework involving MUAS. Each tutorial was video recorded and they are available to RUASRT members.
RUASRT members Sam Prudden, David Purser and Ashim Panta recently filmed a segment about multi-rotor UAS for Network 10’s Scope TV program. Scope aims to provide fast, funny and informative science television for children aged 8-12 years.
The segment was titled “Drone Builders” and was filmed entirely in the RUASRT Lab at RMIT Bundoora East Campus. The hosts demonstrated the development phases for multi-rotor UAS, including eliciting customer requirements, conceptual and detailed design, manufacturing, testing and demonstration to the customer. The hosts were able to demonstrate the wide range of multi-rotor platforms utilised by RUASRT as well as providing examples of CAD models and carbon fibre moulds and materials used during the design and manufacturing processes. The hosts even wowed the film crew with some (safe) indoor FPV flying of a micro-quadcopter.
The segment was a complete success, being thoroughly enjoyable for both the RUASRT members and Network 10 film crew, and will air on Channel 11 in the near future.
RMIT UAS Researchers have continued their work to develop a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also commonly referred to as a drone, that can autonomously soar on updrafts. By doing this, the drone can save energy and extend its endurance. RMIT media have just released a new video explaining the project. See the news release and video on the project below:
RUASRT releases a new promotional video of its Black Kite project. Water resistant, water recoverable, maritime RPA, which was completely designed, and manufactured by RUASRT students and researchers. See the video below:
RUASRT Researchers will be supporting a free conference and seminar to be held at CivSec 2016. The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), in association with CivSec Australia, will be hosting a free conference and educational seminar at CIVSEC 2016. The event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 1, 2016.
The morning conference will focus on the utility of unmanned systems in civil security applications. Key note speakers include Anthony Patterson (Cobham), Peter Smith (Textron Systems), Dr Derek Rogers (Saab Australia), Dr Robert Dane (Ocius Technology) and Dr Malcolm Shore (BAE Systems).
The afternoon seminar is a must for new operators or people looking at getting involved in operating drones professionally. It is intended to be an educational seminar that will focus on the amended CASA regulations (and what they mean for you and your business), getting the right insurance, and managing risk and privacy matters. Speakers include Dr Reece Clothier (AEGIS Aerospace), Simon Hooper (QBE Insurance) and Peggy MacTavish (Flight Data Systems).
For more information, and how to register, visit:
Dr Reece Clothier (RMIT) and Prof Jonathan Roberts (QUT) provide commentary on the recently announced amended CASR Part 101 Regulations. Articles and reposts available at the below links:
The RUASRT was on display at the 2016 Formula One Grand Prix. On static display were a number of research aircraft, which drew plenty of attention from race goers. Team members were on hand to discuss the technology, degree programs, and some of the exciting research projects we are undertaking with industry.
CASA Flight Safety Magazine recently published an article on the potential risk posed by drones to low flying aircraft, featuring expert advice from RUASRT Researcher Dr Reece Clothier.