The team with the Skyhunter UAV
The team with the Skyhunter UAV

The team went flying over the weekend and recorded the pre-flight check video, and take-off and landing, which must be submitted to the competition organisers. We also got some new stickers made which look great!

We were able to fly the plane in full autonomous mode, in relatively high wind of 15 kts, completing a number of circuits. Unfortunately after about 10 minutes of autonomous flight the plane nose dived and crashed into the ground.

Despite looking quite serious, the damage from this crash was quite easily repaired
Despite looking quite serious, the damage from this crash was quite easily repaired

After analysing the log files, and doing some testing on the ground, the cause of the crash was determined. The crash was caused by the servos sharing the same power as the autopilot, when the servos drew high current they affected the quality of the power supply, and this caused the autopilot to reset in-flight. The problem is easily prevented by isolating the servo power supply from the autopilot.

Despite the damage looking quite serious, being a foam plane the damage was relatively easy to repair.

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