PAWR Platform Full Proposal: AERPAW: Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless
Mihail L. Sichitiu
Project runs from 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2024
We propose AERPAW: Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless, a first-of-its-kind aerial wireless experimentation platform to be developed in close partnership between NCSU, Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRCNC), Mississippi State University (MSU), University of South Carolina (USC), City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, Town of Holly Springs, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and numerous other project partners. With a major focus being on aerial communications within low altitude airspace, AERPAW will develop a software defined, reproducible, and open-access advanced wireless platform with experimentation features spanning 5G technologies and beyond. NCSU, USC, and MSU researchers have existing UAS experimentation capabilities and ongoing experimental research activities involving wireless technologies spanning software defined radios (SDRs), LTE, WiFi, ultra-wideband (UWB), IoT, and millimeter wave (mmWave), which will form the initial baseline framework for the AERPAW platform. To deploy AERPAW, NCSU will work closely with NCDOT’s Integration Pilot Program, a three-year FAA project that allows BVLOS UAS experimentation for medical supply delivery in North Carolina, in close collaboration with NCSU, several UAS companies, municipalities, and a medical institution. Initial flight tests have already started within the Raleigh area, and will be expanding to other parts of the state in 2019 and beyond. Any additional FAA permits, as necessary, will be secured by AERPAW team in close collaboration with NCDOT.