Large-scale Airborne Connectivity Mesh Infrastructure Protocols

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-11-C-0161
Agency Tracking Number: O103-AN5-1051
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-AN5
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Justin Yackoski
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-4251
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts&Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI), along with Boeing, proposes novel networking approaches and protocols which can achieve the vision of a large-scale, infrastructure-grade UAS network (UASNET). We propose to create an automatically-forming network structure in order to avoid the prohibitive complexity in managing fine-grained network optimizations over such a large unstructured network. Based on this structure, we propose a combined routing, directional antenna, and channel access design that offers significant scalability and performance advantages by creating highly efficient"path segments"through the network. We will use these proposed protocols evaluate general tradeoffs and challenges in large-scale wireless networks through the combination of our high-fidelity network emulation technology and our highly scalable Cybele agent infrastructure. These capabilities we be used to realistically evaluate proof of concept protocols in a network of one thousand nodes. The resulting insights will then be used to guide the further development of a set of networking protocols capable of operating in a real network.

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