Communications Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The 3GPP Perspective and Research Drivers [article]

Aly Sabri Abdalla, Vuk Marojevic
<span title="2021-02-28">2021</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
An unmanned aircraft system (UAS) consists of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and its controller which use radios to communicate. While the remote controller (RC) is traditionally operated by a person who is maintaining visual line of sight with the UAV it controls, the trend is moving towards long-range control and autonomous operation. To enable this, reliable and widely available wireless connectivity is needed because it is the only way to manually control a UAV or take control of an
more &raquo; ... mous UAV flight. This article surveys the ongoing Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standardization activities for enabling networked UASs. In particular, we present the requirements, envisaged architecture and services to be offered to/by UAVs and RCs, which will communicate with one another, with the UAS Traffic Management (UTM), and with other users through cellular networks. Critical research directions relate to security and spectrum coexistence, among others. We identify major R\&D platforms that will drive the standardization of cellular communications networks and applications.
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