Mobility Aware Routing for the Airborne Network Backbone

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Executive Summary

The Airborne Network (AN) will form an essential part of the Global Information Grid in the future, thus providing information and decision superiority to US armed forces. AN is an enabling technology for Network Centric Warfare. AN is different from the terrestrial Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) and the wire-line internet, both in terms of network capability and underlying assumptions. The backbone nodes of the AN are envisioned to fly in pre-planned orbits whose knowledge can be exploited for efficient routing. In this paper, the authors propose a dynamic adaptive routing protocol that uses known trajectories of the AN nodes to enhance performance.

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