Enhancing connectivity of unmanned vehicles through MIMO communications

Michael J. Gans, Kapil M. Borle, Biao Chen, Thomas Freeland, Daniel McCarthy, Roger Nelson, David Overrocker, Paul Oleski

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


The prevalent use of unmanned vehicles in military and civilian applications requires the existence of robust and high throughput communication with airborne platforms. Real channel measurements are conducted and the analysis supports the use of MIMO communications for such applications due to its potential throughput advantage. Unique challenges and the ways to address them are described in detail. In particular, the lack of scattering and the blockage of line of sight may lead to rank deficient channel matrices, which are exacerbated due to the absence of channel state information at the transmitter. A variable rate MIMO scheme is proposed to overcome these challenges in order to realize the promising throughput gain afforded by MIMO communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2013
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2013 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2013Sep 5 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other2013 IEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV


  • Airborne communications
  • Antenna
  • Array
  • Hadamard
  • MIMO
  • Spatial multiplex
  • Walsh

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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