Cooperative Routing for Dynamic Aerial Layer Networks
Project Award Date: 02-10-2014
Future Air Force network will face the challenge of providing robust data and circuit services to tens or hundreds of fixed and mobile users with different service levels. Some of the service challenges include guaranteed rates, communication over difficult channels, hard time-deadlines, reliable message delivery over unreliable networks, security, and policy-driven resource allocation. In light of the challenges as well as the propagation characteristics of the aerial layer communications, the objective of this proposed research is to develop a novel and fundamental framework on which new enabling aerial layer communication technologies and protocols can be designed and analyzed. To be specific, the proposed research targets to develop a new cooperative aerial layer routing strategy which incorporates recent breakthrough in the physical layer (rateless codes, fountain codes, and hybrid ARQ), dynamic network resource management, and collaborative routing in support of joint aerial layer networking (JALN) concept.