Wireless Sensor Networks in Air Vehicle Platforms


  1. Mrad, N.
  2. Haroun, I.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks are posed to play a significant role in the development of advanced structural health monitoring and diagnostics, prognostics and health management capabilities as an integrated solution in military and civilian aircraft. Wireless sensor systems possess several challenging deployment issues, such as the coexistence with other wireless technology operating in the same frequency band, interference with other wireless systems and propagation environment effects. The performance of wireless systems depends on the environment in which these systems are deployed. A harsh environment that contains many obstacles, which reflect or diffract the wireless signal, could degrade the bit error rate of the system significantly. How the wireless system is powered (battery-operated or externally powered) could also pose a challenge in some environments, particularly where replacing batteries is not an easy task and having electric cables could present a hazard. The primary objective of this document is to identify and provide an overview of commercial-off-the-shelf wireless sensor network platforms, which have deployment potential within an aircraft environment. Wireless technology standards and a feasibility study to investigate system deployment issues in terms of propagation environment and system coexistence with other wireless systems are also presented. The document further highlights and discusses key factors impacting wireless system perfo

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TR-2008-147 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2009
Number of Pages
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