The goal of this project is to investigate the communication and self-organization strategies for autonomous flying robots in order to improve the communication situation in a certain geographical area (e.g. disaster site).

Therefore, the complete network analysis and network repair cycle is realized, consisting of the following steps:

  • reconnaissance of radio signals,
  • stationary node placement,
  • additional flights for delay tolerant data transport

In the resulting network, we already use software defined radio techniques to implement mobile GSM cells.

This project is embedded in the International Graduate School on Mobile Communications using funds from the DFG Research Training Group 1487.


Linux-based UAV Systems

In order to increase the speed of prototyping, this project has realized a completely Linux-based flight and communication platform, which allows to make use of the benefits of modern, embedded multi-core processors. The developer has, in contrast to micro-controller based solutions, all opportunities of the underlying Linux operating system. One of our experimental systems, which has been developed specifically for WLAN node localization, is depicted on the right.


Based on many years of experience in the development of UAV systems, our team provides research, development and consulting expertise in the following areas:

  • communications,

  • mission planning,

  • flight control,

  • UAV hardware

For further information, please feel free to contact the project manager, Prof. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel. For specific questions related to our UAV technology, please contactDr.-Ing. Victor Casas