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Airborne Communication Networks


IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Airborne Communication Networks

Recent advances in sensor and communication technologies have witnessed an unprecedented application increase of the airborne communication networks in both military and civilian fields. Airborne communication networks are engineered to utilize spacecrafts and/or aircrafts, which are equipped with various types of transceivers and sensors, to build seamless communication access platforms. These spacecrafts and aircrafts include satellites, airships, airplanes, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and high/medium/low-altitude platforms (HAPs/MAPs/LAPs). Compared to terrestrial wireless networks, airborne communication networks have many distinctive features such as high dynamic network topologies and weakly connected communication links. Therefore, many standards, protocols, and design methodologies used in terrestrial wireless networks are not directly applicable to airborne communication networks. To address this, new techniques suitable for airborne communication networks need to be developed. This special issue solicits papers that address the following topics (but not limited to):

  • UAV communication
  • Heterogeneous airborne communication network
  • QoS and performance for airborne communication networks
  • Resource allocation for heterogeneous airborne networks
  • Dynamic networking and reconstruction of UAV communication network
  • Connectivity and robustness design and analysis of airborne communication networks
  • Coding, modulation and synchronization schemes for airborne communication networks
  • Satellite-aided UAV communication
  • Seamless integration of UAVs, near-space, and satellites networks

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should follow the IEEE J-SAC manuscript format described in the Information for Authors. Authors MUST submit their draft manuscripts through EDAS (

  • Paper submission: January 1, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: April 1, 2018
  • Final to publisher: May 1, 2018
  • Publication: Second quarter 2018

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