AuthorsP. Saxena, T. Dreibholz, H. Skinnemoen, Ö. Alay, Á. Vazquez-Castro, S. Ferlin and G. Acar
TitleResilient Hybrid SatCom and Terrestrial Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
AfilliationCommunication Systems
Project(s)HENCSAT: Network Coding Protocols for Satellite Terminals with Multiple Logical Paths, The Center for Resilient Networks and Applications, NorNet
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2020
Conference NameProceedings of the 39th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), International Workshop on Wireless Sensor, Robot and UAV Networks (WiSARN)
Publisher IEEE
Place PublishedToronto, Ontario/Canada

Today, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are widely used in many different scenarios including search, monitoring, inspection, and surveillance. To be able to transmit the sensor data from the UAVs to the destination reliably within tangible response times to the relevant content is crucial, especially for tactical use cases. In this paper, we propose network coded torrents (NECTOR) to leverage multiple network interfaces for resilient hybrid satellite communications (SatCom) and terrestrial networking for UAVs. NECTOR is significantly different from the state-of-the-art multipath protocols such as multipath TCP (MPTCP) as it does not require any additional packet scheduler, rate-adaptation or forward error correction. We present the design and implementation of NECTOR, and evaluate its performance compared to MPTCP. Our experimental results show that NECTOR provides goodput (up to 70%) higher than MPTCP with 5.49 times less signaling overhead.

Citation Key Infocom2020