Network payload integration for the Scan-Eagle UAV
Lim, Han Leong.
Healey, Anthony J.
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With the increasing maturity of Mesh network technology, it is inevitable that we exploit the synergistic capabilities in networking of autonomous vehicles . The interconnectivity enables the sharing or dissemination of information between various nodes and has the capability to enhance communication range between a Ground Control Station (GCS) and autonomous aircraft which can then be expanded to several GCSs, or in a networked combination of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) . This thesis discusses the setup of the Mesh network between the ScanEagle GCS and the ScanEagle UAV. It describes the modifications on the high gain antenna and the integration of an ITT Mesh card radio into the ScanEagle. A study of the results conducted in Panama City to understand the limitations and constraints of several Mesh nodes operating within a specified area is described, together with a discussion of the results and recommendations for further work.