Assessment of the suitability of public mobile data networks for aircraft telemetry and control purposes

Gonzalez, Luis Felipe, Walker, R., Rutherford, N., & Turner, C. (2011) Assessment of the suitability of public mobile data networks for aircraft telemetry and control purposes. Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 47(3), pp. 240-248.

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This paper provides a review of the state of the art relevant work on the use of public mobile data networks for aircraft telemetry and control proposes. Moreover, it describes the characterisation for airborne uses of the public mobile data communication systems known broadly as 3G. The motivation for this study was the explore how this mature public communication systems could be used for aviation purposes. An experimental system was fitted to a light aircraft to record communication latency, line speed, RF level, packet loss and cell tower identifier. Communications was established using internet protocols and connection was made to a local server. The aircraft was flown in both remote and populous areas at altitudes up to 8500 ft in a region located in South East Queensland, Australia. Results show that the average airborne RF levels are better than those on the ground by 21% and in the order of - 77dbm. Latencies were in the order of 500ms (1/2 the latency of Iridium), an average download speed of 0.48Mb/s, average uplink speed of 0.85Mb/s, a packet of information loss of 6.5%. The maximum communication range was also observed to be 70km from a single cell station. The paper also describes possible limitations and utility of using such communications architecture for both manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

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ID Code: 37970
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Wireless Communications, Aircraft Telemetry, Common Information Network
DOI: 10.1016/j.paerosci.2010.08.001
ISSN: 0376-0421
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Wireless Communications (100510)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2010 21:40
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 09:36

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