So I have decided that it would beneficial to my research and the development of Asity if I attempt to enter this years Outback Rescue Challenge.
I have completed the preliminary designs, costings and schedule and with a lot of help I might actually have a capable aircraft by September.
Given my hands are pretty full completing the software to run on Asity, I am enlisting the help of an undergraduate Software Engineering team to help build (or extend) the software for a Ground Control Station. I presented my project to them this morning and with any luck I should be meeting a capable team in the next week or so.
I am now appealing to the masses for help funding this endevour. If you know of anyone who runs a business providing products or services that are relevant to UAV research, the expected audience of the outback challenge, or are just really really nice; please point them towards me. My current plan is to allocate space for sponsors on the actual aircraft where they can place their name and logo like so:
The money raised will be used to purchase the aircraft itself, manufacture custom hardware and cover things like travel, accommodation and insurance.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org