Advanced Wireless for Unmanned Aerial Systems: 5G Standardization, Research Challenges, and AERPAW Architecture

The 5G mobile communications systems merge traditionally separate communications and networking systems and services to effectively support a myriad of heterogeneous applications. Researchers and industry working groups are investigating the integration of aerial nodes, shared spectrum techniques, and new network architectures, which are gradually being introduced into standards. This article discusses relevant standardization efforts for the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into 5G and the requirements for an aerial wireless testbed. The authors introduce the aerial experimentation and research platform for advanced wireless (AERPAW) and, specifically, its architecture, which is designed for enabling experimental research in controlled yet production-like environments. Sample research projects and trials show the critical R&D needs, broad scope, and impact that such a platform can have on technology evolution, regulation, and standardization as well as future services.


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  • Accession Number: 01748633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2020 9:30AM