Development of an iPhone-controlled UAV

Atray C. Dixit, Jaiye Falusi, Samuel Kim, Gabriel Savit, Robert F. Stengel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Inexpensive components that can be used to create an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) are becoming increasingly available. This accessibility opens up exciting applications: from automated resource transportation in developing countries to the scale testing of integrated airspace systems. We present a novel UAV system in which guidance, navigation, and control were performed on an onboard iPhone 4 and a desired trajectory was supplied through a ground based laptop. Additional UAVs can be modularly integrated to cooperatively interact within the airspace. The iPhone 4 bundles much of the essential hardware required for UAV control and communication and offers additional capabilities such as a audio and video recording. The integrated UAV system was flight tested and its efficacy verified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
StatePublished - 2013
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2013Aug 22 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference


OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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