The extension of wireless mesh networks via vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicles
Richerson, John Paul
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The evolution of integrated circuits, wireless communications, and data networking makes wireless networks practical for military and law enforcement applications. The objective of this thesis is to test and to evaluate network performance and suitability of an 802.11 wireless access point enabled vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) functioning as an airborne sensor and communications relay platform. Also, by identifying the production process of a COTS Remote Controlled Helicopter equipped with a wireless access point, a system comprised of discrete technologies and production steps can be defined to gain insight into defeating an Aerial Improvised Explosive Device (AIED). Understanding the true capabilities of a small VTOL UAV, its applicability to a wireless network, and the production system associated with the manufacture of an AIED will allow proper planning, application and utilization in support of security and Force Protection missions and scenarios.
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