This article proposes and evaluates the concept of combining multiple cellular networks for highly reliable communication with those aircraft systems. The proposed approach is experimentally validated in several unprecedented large-scale experiments in the maritime context. It is found that in this scenario, conventional methods do not suffice for reliable connectivity to the aircraft with significantly varying overall availabilities between 68% and 97%.
Augmenting and fusing state of the art ultra-wideband (UWB) localization with monocular simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) to enable autonomous flight in areas not covered by wireless localization.
The specific challenge addressed in this paper is enabling novel applications with autonomous UAV systems through tight integration with scalable and precise receiver-side time-difference of arrival (TDOA) based ultra-wideband (UWB) indoor localization.