Variable rate MIMO communication with airborne platforms: An experimental study

Yang Liu, Kapil M. Borle, Janek J. Mroczek, Biao Chen, Michael J. Gans, Paul J. Oleski, Richard J. Michalak

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Motivated by the need for robust and high throughput communication with airborne platforms, a variable rate MIMO scheme that combines the D-BLAST architecture with per antenna spreading was proposed. This paper is focused on the experimental study of this approach. We developed a software defined radio implementation of the variable rate MIMO system based on GNU Radio. Over the air transmission and reception is enabled by Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme in realizing the throughput gain afforded by MIMO communication under potentially rank deficient channel conditions that are often present in an airborne environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2016 - 2016 IEEE Military Communications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037810
StatePublished - Dec 22 2016
Event35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2016Nov 3 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Other35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Airborne Communication
  • GNU Radio
  • MIMO
  • USRP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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