Aerobotics™© at Monash UniversityThis is a 'storyboard' version of a downloadable video which provides brief overview of the methods and equipment used in Monash University - Aerosonde 'Aerobotics' Research programme.
Please note : The size of the video is some 8Mb and is best accessed via a high speed connection to the Internet. You will also need to have Quicktime4 installed on your computer to view the video.
More details on the 'Aerobotics' programme and the Aerosonde robotic aircraft used in this programme are available at the end of this webpage.
For those new to this programme, it is important to note that the 'Monash' Aerosonde (a Mk1), unlike the current (Mk.3) autonomous production model flies under model aircraft regulations rather than those imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority
Although limiting the craft to a ceiling of 300 feet, flying under 'manually directed' model aircraft regulations, allows the Monash team to conduct trials at times to suit the sometimes irregular 'academic' schedule. This less formalised trials activity is also made possible via a relationship established with VARMS who allow the Monash team the use of their nearby flying field
It is worth noting that in 1998, 'Laima', a sister craft to Monash's Aerosonde 'Lawrence Hargrave', was the first robotic aircraft to fly the Atlantic Ocean.
Photos and Video: © Prof G.K. Egan and Prof. J. Bird.
Terry Cornall lays out one of the two 'targeting' panels
Pilot Ray Cooper (L) and Dr Robert Mahony lay out the second 'targeting' panel
Dr Robert Mahony with Monash University's Aerosonde, 'Lawrence Hargrave'
Dr Robert Mahony setting the forward facing, onboard video camera
Dr Robert Mahony and pilot Ray Cooper fitting the nosecone
Pilot Ray Cooper adjusting the nosewheel
Dr Robert Mahony adjusting one of the aerials
The nosecone video camera
The 'belly' video camera
Pilot Ray Cooper starting the engine
Pilot Ray Cooper warming up the engine using himself as a brace
Prof Robert Mahoney joins Terry Cornall at the video control station
Pilot Ray Cooper taxis the 'Lawrence Hargrave' Aerosonde for a take off
Nosecone video feed
Belly camera video feed
Flyover on targetting run
Dr Robert Mahony (L), Prof Greg Egan and Pilot Ray Cooper
Terry Cornall updates Dr Robert Mahony on video feed quality
'Lawrence Hargrave' comes in for a second pass at the target panel
Terry Cornall with Prof Greg Egan
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