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Flying Ad-Hoc Networks (FANETs): A survey

Authors
Journal
Ad Hoc Networks
1570-8705
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
11
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.adhoc.2012.12.004
Keywords
  • Ad-Hoc Networks
  • Manet
  • Vanet
  • Multi-Uav
Disciplines
  • Communication
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract One of the most important design problems for multi-UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) systems is the communication which is crucial for cooperation and collaboration between the UAVs. If all UAVs are directly connected to an infrastructure, such as a ground base or a satellite, the communication between UAVs can be realized through the in-frastructure. However, this infrastructure based communication architecture restricts the capabilities of the multi-UAV systems. Ad-hoc networking between UAVs can solve the problems arising from a fully infrastructure based UAV networks. In this paper, Flying Ad-Hoc Networks (FANETs) are surveyed which is an ad hoc network connecting the UAVs. The differences between FANETs, MANETs (Mobile Ad-hoc Networks) and VANETs (Vehicle Ad-Hoc Networks) are clarified first, and then the main FANET design challenges are introduced. Along with the existing FANET protocols, open research issues are also discussed.

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