Airborne Networking

Our airborne networking stack performs routing and topology control for airborne networks. The technology maximizes network bandwidth with the available antenna resources while using the network context information such as node mobility, link health, network congestion and available node energy to create a reliable network.


Mobility Aware Routing Protocol (MARP)

The mobility aware routing uses node location to predict links and improve the overall bandwidth while preemptively avoiding predictable link faults such as link outage because of platform banking. The features of MARP and its extensions include:

  • Mobility aware routing which is more efficient than other proactive and reactive ad-hoc routing protocols when the mobility information is available
  • Higher throughput
  • Lower control overhead when the mobility is known
  • Predicting mobility based link loss and incorporating it in route planning.
  • Using context information such as the location of the antenna on the aircraft to predict platform banking
  • Delay tolerant routing where the knowledge of mobility is used to create a disconnected but end-to-end path
  • Queue-length aware routing to reduce congestion.
  • Energy-aware routing to improve node availability

Mission Aware Topology Control (MAToC)

Topology control creates and maintains a high-throughput airborne network. MAToC controls the antenna direction, channel frequency and the transmission power to create a stable network.

  • Maintains node connectivity using the mobility of the nodes and antenna details
  • Allows a network administrator to choose the type of topology based on network requirements
  • Controls directional antennas to create the planned topology
  • Allocates channel frequency to reduce co-site interference
  • Sets optimal antenna transmission power to reduce far-field interference
  • Adapts to link-loss because of channel jamming or interference.