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Hi, I'm Chris Gough and I hail from from Canberra, Australia. Thank you for visiting my page here.
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Hi, I'm Chris Gough and I hail from from Canberra, Australia. Despite rumours to the contrary, I'm DEFINTELY NOT this guy:
  
I'm a software developer by trade, but I work as a manager for the Australian Government (Dept. of Environment). Among other things, my interest in Paparazzi is as a nice technical challenge to keep me sane after reading/writing documents and going to meetings all day.
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http://www.sott.net/articles/show/205982-Meet-Lt-Col-Chris-Gough-Killing-by-Drone-and-Proud-of-It
  
I've not yet had any flights with paparazzi. I have acquired an EasyStar and had lots of practice - to the point where I can now launch/land reliably in adverse conditions, such as the tree-lined ridge across the road from my house. I also just finished assembling a "Boomerang 40" aileron trainer and converting it to electric power (~800W), and I intend to learn to fly that competently before using it (or something similar) as a UAV  platform after the EasyStar .
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Instead, I'm a software developer by trade, working as a technical manager for the Australian Government (Dept. of Environment). Among other things, my interest in Paparazzi is as a nice technical challenge to keep me sane after reading/writing documents and going to meetings all day.
  
I have a TWOG from CheBuzz, a pair of 2.4 Mhz zigbee modems and some 36MHz radio gear. With the help of [http://www.mannberg.co.uk/paparazzi/?p=5 this page] I seem to have my modems to working :). I plan to do AUTO1 and AUTO2 flights with the EasyStar by the end of the month (September 2009) or early October.
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My paparazzi rig is still currently an EasyStar, but I'll move that into my much larger QueenBee flying wing sooner or later (along with my FPV video kit, and a still camera). I practice a manual skills with an overpowered Windrider Bee (450W@900g, propped for ~40m/s). A bit twitchy but it bounces better than a funjet. I'm also gradually tooling-up my shed for vacuum bagging projects, but have no plans (or time and space) for a homebuilt CNC router.
  
Longer term (hopefully by the end of Summer), I'd like to build a UAV that routinely patrols/surveys a moderately large area (farm) taking geo-referenced digital photographs, and develop a ground-based post-processing facility to stitch/authorectify/etc them to maintain raster layers in a geodatabase... Machine learning is a bit of a hobby of mine, and I entertain the fantasy of eventually one day building an automated kangaroo/cow/plant detector.
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I have a TWOG, 2.4 Mhz zigbee modems use 36MHz radio gear.
  
I know a friendly farmer who will let me fly over their 300 Acre paddock, home to 90 cows (and probably as many kangaroos). I've started the process of learning what I have to do to make my surveys there safe and legal, and expect to have the necessary approvals in place by Christmas.  
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Long term, I'd like to routinely patrol/survey a farm taking geo-referenced digital photographs, and develop a ground-based post-processing facility to stitch/authorectify/etc them into a geodatabase... I entertain the fantasy of one day building an automated kangaroo/cow/plant detector.
  
But for now, my "UAV" is a rather odd looking small cardboard box with a USB socket, a (power) switch and some IR sensors on a coreflute stalk.
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I know a friendly farmer who lets me fly over her 300 Acre paddock, home to 90 cows (and probably as many kangaroos). I think my flights there are safe and legal.

Revision as of 17:02, 21 July 2010

Hi, I'm Chris Gough and I hail from from Canberra, Australia. Despite rumours to the contrary, I'm DEFINTELY NOT this guy:

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/205982-Meet-Lt-Col-Chris-Gough-Killing-by-Drone-and-Proud-of-It

Instead, I'm a software developer by trade, working as a technical manager for the Australian Government (Dept. of Environment). Among other things, my interest in Paparazzi is as a nice technical challenge to keep me sane after reading/writing documents and going to meetings all day.

My paparazzi rig is still currently an EasyStar, but I'll move that into my much larger QueenBee flying wing sooner or later (along with my FPV video kit, and a still camera). I practice a manual skills with an overpowered Windrider Bee (450W@900g, propped for ~40m/s). A bit twitchy but it bounces better than a funjet. I'm also gradually tooling-up my shed for vacuum bagging projects, but have no plans (or time and space) for a homebuilt CNC router.

I have a TWOG, 2.4 Mhz zigbee modems use 36MHz radio gear.

Long term, I'd like to routinely patrol/survey a farm taking geo-referenced digital photographs, and develop a ground-based post-processing facility to stitch/authorectify/etc them into a geodatabase... I entertain the fantasy of one day building an automated kangaroo/cow/plant detector.

I know a friendly farmer who lets me fly over her 300 Acre paddock, home to 90 cows (and probably as many kangaroos). I think my flights there are safe and legal.