Accession Number:

ADA567216

Title:

Bridging Operational and Strategic Communication Architectures: Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems as Airborne Tactical Relay Communication Vertical Nodes

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATION SCIENCES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

159.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Department of Defense enterprise communication architectures are presently designed to support large-scale fixed organizations and rely primarily on satellite mediums. However, they are inadequate in tactical-level environments, and are not readily available nor affordable to support multiple operators in various tactical locations. Incorporating Small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Small-UAS with communication repeaters could expand local mobile ad hoc network coverage for users in communications degraded environments and reduce satellite dependency. The proof of concept is focused on leveraging existing Government-Off-The-Shelf GOTS technology with ever increasing Small-UAS functionality to explore the mitigation of communication inadequacies in tactical environments. Through the efforts of this thesis, the goal is to extend and enhance beyond line of sight BLOS and on-the-move communications at the small unit level. The findings provide face validation that Small-UAS equipped with a communication payload can provide these services that enhance voice transmissions, and thus, enable TCPIP data transfer in communication degraded environments without interfering with the Small-UAS primary ISR function or airworthiness. Future efforts in this line of inquiry may also inform the use of multiple Small-UAS to extend the network and autonomous operations, and perhaps, eliminate the requirement for a ground Small-UAS operator.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE