back to article What's in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links

Preparing the ground for remotely flown and autonomous aircraft – drones – of the near future is a challenge. How much effort has gone into clearing radio spectrum for vital command-and-control links? That question was addressed at a recent Royal Aeronautical Society workshop on drone command and control, where Alastair Munro …

  1. Geoff May (no relation)

    Drone

    Drone = The noise coming from management or sales teams.

  2. JeffyPoooh
    Pint

    C2 Command and Control in itself is trivial

    Out of reach of Morse code, but 9600 baud should be almost enough for anyone.

    It's the return HD video, inefficiently encoded, that's 99+% of the bandwidth.

    We need H.265 encoders in an 8-pin chip.

    1. Evil_Goblin

      Re: C2 Command and Control in itself is trivial

      Completely agree

      My University UAS project back in 2010 was very happy doing all its C&C with a 1200 baud link and QAM... That covered manual flight controls from a remote PC to the UAS and GPS position readback from the UAS.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: C2 Command and Control in itself is trivial

      can't they do an Ice Station Zebra approach, and throw out (backup) 128GB microSD cards with small parachutes, or an RTB nano-drone, for when they get filled with $codec.

      Obviously can use SSTV back to base maybe for targeting purposes

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