Qld researchers use mobile phone to fly pilotless plane

Jonathon Hall

Updated December 15, 2009 12:00:00

Queensland researchers have developed a system allowing them to use mobile phone technology to fly pilotless planes.

In April, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) completed a successful flight of a small pilotless plane over Kingaroy in Queensland’s South Burnett region.

Professor Rod Walker says the test was one of the first in the world to use mobile phone technology to send data to a computer in the US controlling the plane.

He says as more businesses use wireless technology, it has created a shortage of radio spectrum.

Professor Walker says that prompted his team to examine the possibility of using mobile phones to send information.

“Technically it’s possible to use one of these more advanced phones to control an aircraft pretty much anywhere in the world,” he said.

He says they are now gearing up for another test with a manned aircraft in Brisbane next month.

“With the connectivity to the internet you can now control machines and in this case an aircraft,” he said.

“There’s really many other devices that you could control remotely pretty much from anywhere in the world.

“I guess that’s kind of exciting in some ways and possibly also scary in others.

“As well that we will be able to develop such a far reaching impact on our mobile devices.”

Topics: computers-and-technology, business-economics-and-finance, air-transport, industry, telecommunications, information-and-communication, internet-culture, mobile-phones, science-and-technology, research, brisbane-4000, australia, qld, bundaberg-4670, kingaroy-4610

First posted June 17, 2009 10:01:00

Lawn Mowing Service