SURENET: Small UAS Routing Enhanced Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-12-C-0216
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1221
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-AN4
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
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 and P
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
The increasing availability of small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) leads to the possibility of forming temporary mission-centric networks using multiple SUASs. The major problems faced in achieving this vision, specifically the dynamic nature of SUAS topologies and the limited bandwidth available, combine to create an environment that is inhospitable for traditional routing approaches. In Phase I, we designed and implemented a prototype of SURENET including SUAS-compatible link metrics and topology dissemination techniques. Using IAI"s RFnest wireless network emulation hardware, this prototype was evaluated in Phase I on actual wireless radios using both replayed CUNE field test data and a representative scenario. Beyond showing the potentially significant improvement in throughput and route availability provided by SURENET, these early evaluations in a highly realistic network environment allowed us to identify and design several important enhancements to the link metrics and topology management. We will also implementation queuing behaviors and techniques to use additional information available to the network. We will also create a set of detailed, representative evaluation scenarios more closely derived from CUNE data sets and conduct two incremental development and evaluation spirals.

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