Development Update!

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unknown-2 Team Guardian is registered for both the Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) competition and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student competition! This is the first time since 2013 that we will be competing in both the Canadian and the International competitions. We are well underway with preparations for our new systems. unknown-3Weather finally cooperated enough for the hexacopter to be tested in full autopilot mode. A few previous tests had been done in manual mode with autopilot stabilization. The hexacopter was very stable as it flew, inspiring confidence in us as we watched it navigate through the waypoints. It was very cold, but the flight test was very successful for us although it is still in the early stages of development. One of the objectives in the USC competition this year is to pick up an egg from the search area. Although we have not fully designed the system to be capable of this yet, we tested how well the hexacopter could hover just above an object on the ground using manual control to fine tune the position. With an FPV system, we should be able to successfully retrieve an egg, accomplishing this competition goal. The Swallow fixed wing airframe had to undergo resurfacing due to some issues with the stock layer. With this complete, we are ready to finish the assembly and installation of our onboard electronics. We expect to be testing the airframe early next year. It will be exciting to see how the Swallow flies and have the capability to load more equipment on board!