Australia Considers Unmanned Aircraft for Border Patrols

8 April 2010 (Last Updated April 8th, 2010 18:30)

The Australian Government is considering deploying unmanned aircraft for weather detection, crops monitoring and border patrols over the next decade. The Australian communications authority is investigating several ways to allocate spectrum space for communication that will avoid interf

The Australian Government is considering deploying unmanned aircraft for weather detection, crops monitoring and border patrols over the next decade.

The Australian communications authority is investigating several ways to allocate spectrum space for communication that will avoid interference with defence force communications.

The defence force is the only Australian user that relies on spectrum bands within 230MHz - 400MHz, 2.9GHz -3.4GHz and 4.4GHz - 5GHz.

According to the announcement by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the spectrum demand for UAVs is expected to increase significantly over the next decade as UAV use extends towards different civilian applications.