5GDrones research project tests C2 and UTM links over 5G in flight tests at Aalto University

Partners involved in the European funded 5GDrones research project report pre-trials at Aalto University in Finland to validate use cases using 5G.  The flights included scenarios in which the remote pilot takes over control and pilots the aircraft with a tethered joystick. The pilot used the video stream from the aircraft’s onboard camera, streamed over 5G network. The team also validated C2 link over 5G, and UTM over 5G.

5GDrones aim is to trial several UAV use-cases covering eMBB, URLLC, and mMTC 5G services, and to validate 5G KPIs for supporting such challenging use-cases. The project will drive the UAV verticals and 5G networks, on one hand by showing that 5G is able to guarantee UAV vertical KPIs, and on the other hand by demonstrating that 5G can support challenging use-cases that put pressure on network resources, such as low-latency and reliable communication, massive number of connections and high bandwidth requirements, simultaneously. 5G!Drones will build on top of the 5G facilities provided by the ICT-17 projects and a number of support sites, while identifying and developing the missing components to trial UAV use-cases.

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