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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Todd R. Andel, PhD


The concept of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) was first used as early as the American Civil War, when the North and the South unsuccessfully attempted to launch balloons with explosive devices. Since the American Civil War, the UAV concept has been used in all subsequent military operations. Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the use of UAVs in military operations, as well as civilian and commercial applications. UAV Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) are fast becoming essential to conducting Network-Centric Warfare (NCW). As of October 2006, coalition UAVs, exclusive of hand-launched systems, had flown almost 400,000 flight hours in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom [1]. This study develops a verified network model that emulates UAV network behavior during flight, using a leading simulation tool. A flexible modeling and simulation environment is developed to test proposed technologies against realistic mission scenarios. The simulation model evaluation is performed and findings documented. These simulations are designed to understand the characteristics and essential performance parameters of the delivered model. A statistical analysis is performed to explain results obtained, and identify potential performance irregularities. A systemic approach is taken during the preparation and execution simulation phases to avoid producing misleading results.

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