Characterisation of public mobile data networks for aeronautical telemetry purposes

Rutherford, Nicholas, Walker, Rodney A., Gonzalez, Felipe, & Turner, Christopher (2010) Characterisation of public mobile data networks for aeronautical telemetry purposes. In Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences(ICAS 2010 CD-Rom ), International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, Acropolis Conference Centre, Nice.

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This paper describes the characterisation for airborne uses of the public mobile data communication systems known broadly as 3G. The motivation for this study was to 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 8500ft 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 -77 dbm. Latencies were in the order of 500 ms (1/2 the latency of Iridium), an average download speed of 0.48 Mb/s, average uplink speed of 0.85 Mb/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 a communications architecture for both manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

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ID Code: 41610
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aeronautical Telemetry, Wireless Communications, Optimization
ISBN: 9780956533302
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 > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Flight Dynamics (090106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 08 May 2011 22:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 03:39

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