Minuteman: Forward Projection of Unmanned Agents Using the Airborne Internet
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The goal of the Minuteman project is to develop the concept and initial prototype of an agile, dynamic, multi-layer Internet in the Sky architecture that can deliver the forward power of unmanned missions. The architecture consists of a high speed, wireless Mobile Backbone Network MBN - with point-to-point wireless links, and local access networks feeding to backbone nodes. The design is extremely challenging because of he hostile environment, the need for QoS support and the unpredictable nature of the requirements. The focus of this paper is on scalable addressing and routing in such a multiplayer, mobile environment where UAVs can fly at speeds exceeding several hundred miles per hour. We exploit the fact that agents typically move in groups, and achieve scalability by keeping track of a landmark for each group. This is done using LANMAR, a Land-Mark Ad hoc Routing scheme. The LANMAR scheme originally developed for flat ad hoc networks extends naturally to a network with a physical backbone. Via simulation we show that LANMAR maintains robust, resilient, rapidly restored connectivity in the face of agent mobility.
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