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Flying Drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight Using 4G LTE: Issues and ConcernsThe purpose of this paper is to address the extent in which 4G LTE can be used for air traffic management of small Unmanned Air Vehicles (sUAVs) and the limitations and enhancements that may be necessary. We provide a brief overview of the communications aspects of the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management Project followed by the evolving trends in air traffic management including beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations concepts and current BVLOS operational systems. Issues and Concerns are addressed including the rapidly evolving global regulations and the resulting communications requirements as well LTE downlink and uplink interference at altitude and how that interference affects command and control reliability as well as application data capabilities and mobility performance.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ivancic, William D.
(Syzygy Engineering Westlake, OH, United States)
Kerczewski, Robert J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Murawski, Robert W.
(MTI Systems, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Matheou, Konstantin
(Zin Technologies, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Downey, Alan N.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
June 5, 2019
Publication Date
April 9, 2019
Subject Category
Aircraft Communications And Navigation
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference, ICNS(Herndon, VA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 334005.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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