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Persistent unmanned airborne network support for cooperative sensors
Author(s): Ajay Verma; Ronald Fernandes
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Paper Abstract

In future we expect that UAV platoon based military / civilian missions would require persistent airborne network support for command, control and communication needs for the mission. Highly-dynamic mobile-wireless sensor networks operating in a large region present unique challenges in end-to-end communication for sensor data sharing and data fusion, particularly caused by the time varying connectivity of high-velocity nodes combined with the unreliability of the wireless communication channel. To establish an airborne communication network, a UAV must maintain a link(s) with other UAV(s) and/or base stations. A link between two UAVs is deemed to be established when the linked UAVs are in line of sight as well as within the transmission range of each other. Ideally, all the UAVs as well as the ground stations involved in command, control and communication operations must be fully connected. However, the continuous motion of UAVs poses a challenge to ensure full connectivity of the network. In this paper we explore the dynamic topological network configuration control under mission-related constraints in order to maintain connectivity among sensors enabling data sharing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8756, Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2013, 87560J (10 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018293
Show Author Affiliations
Ajay Verma, Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ronald Fernandes, Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8756:
Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2013
Jerome J. Braun, Editor(s)

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