Wireless Sensor Network Applications for the Combat Air Forces
Graduate research project
AIR FORCE INST OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The main objective of this research is to examine the capabilities and limitations of wireless sensor networks with a focus on applications in an operational Air Force setting. The topography of such networks can be varied to suit applications across the spectrum of military operations. Sensor networks have certain inherent advantages, such as scalability, inconspicuousness, self-healing capability, and deployability. Possible uses include perimeter monitoring, mine field detection, aircraft health, search and rescue, target location, and others. Despite such potential capabilities, much study is needed to ensure their feasibility and utility. There are issues relating to network structure, data flow, power supplies, and methods of deployment. This paper covers some likely USAF applications and the unique problems which must be overcome. Implemented smartly, these devices can provide a new source of information in the ever-changing realm of information warfare, and can significantly improve the real-time battlespace picture.
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Radio Communications
- Military Aircraft Operations