Here's a bold idea: Wouldn't it be interesting to use a pair of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G]3G[/link] cellphone circuit cards as transmitters/receivers for controlling a model aircraft over long distances?
As a complete beginner in this hobby, I have marveled at concepts like [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Person_View]First Person View (FPV)[/link], [link=http://matthew.mrorex.com/2008/09/my-dream-osd.html]On Screen Display (OSD)[/link] and [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle]Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)[/link]. It seems to me that flying model aircraft is getting closer and closer to â€ťthe real thingâ€ť, now that the pilot can be seated safely on the ground and yet enjoy the view from the plane through a pair of video goggles.
While these recent developments - in combination with high energy [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-polymer]Li-Po[/link] battery packs - extend the range for model aircraft well out of eyesight, the range of radio control systems become a limiting factor. Even if it's possible to increase the range from 1 Km to 50 Km by replacing the normal 35 Mhz or 2,4 Ghz system with a long-range 868 Mhz system, few people do it in practice due to the cost.
Now, consider the possibilities that a couple of modern cell phones offer in this context:
[ul][*]Comparatively low cost[*]Virtually unlimited range[*]High resolution video camera[*][link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System]GPS[/link] receiver[*]High speed 3G network for exchanging control, video and GPS data
Well, what do you think? Is the idea feasible, and if so, are there any standard components that are suitable for this purpose? Are there even examples of this being done somewhere?
I really look forward to this discussion!
PS. I have posted a corresponding thread at [link=http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44163]wattflyer.com[/link]. That one might also be worth checking out! DS.