Reliable Capacity of A2G Drone Communications Using 5G NR

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This chapter analyses the suitability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) communications for providing reliable communications using the fifth generation (5G) cellular networks new radio (NR) interface. The air-to-ground channel model on a rural scenario is considered using MIMO 2 × 8 and the maximum transmission power specified for a 5G terminal. The capacity, coverage range and UAV positioning that allow providing reliable communications with a guaranteed block error rate below 1% and a 99% guaranteed throughput are calculated and are compared to the scenario where reliability is not required. It is shown that the coverage and UAV possible horizontal distances and heights are reduced because a minimum SNR is required for reliable operation, compared to a pure throughput maximization approach. It is also shown a significant influence of the UAV height on the service provided and that increasing the throughput using more channel bandwidth reduces the coverage range.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Wireless Communication and Networks
Subtitle of host publicationUAVs and 5G
EditorsDushantha Nalin K Jayakody, P. Muthuchidambaranathan, Rui Dinis, Stefan Panic
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-03880-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-03879-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameUnmanned System Technologies
ISSN (Print)2523-3734
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3742


  • 5G
  • Coverage
  • Reliability
  • Throughput


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