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Testing Spectrum Sensing Networks by UAV



Dan Kuester, Ryan T. Jacobs, Yao Ma, Jason Coder


We consider here the use of hovering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to test spectrum sensing capabilities of Citizen's Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) systems at 3.5 GHz. Aircraft transmit synthesized LTE or pulsed radar modulation to excite spectrum sensing nodes on the ground. This kind of test could be useful either to validate a system during development or to check a deployed system in the field. Technical challenges that will need to be addressed include rotor blade effects on signal fidelity, waveform parameter selection, and understanding of positioning estimation and control.
Proceedings Title
2016 United States National Committee of URSI National Radio Science Meeting (USNC-URSI NRSM)
Conference Dates
January 6-9, 2016
Conference Location
Boulder, CO, US


Kuester, D. , Jacobs, R. , Ma, Y. and Coder, J. (2016), Testing Spectrum Sensing Networks by UAV, 2016 United States National Committee of URSI National Radio Science Meeting (USNC-URSI NRSM), Boulder, CO, US, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created January 5, 2016, Updated April 8, 2022