BBTM: New life for old ATM paradigms

Vangelis Angelakis, Alon Efrat, Eli Packer, Valentin Polishchuk, Leonid Sedov

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


This paper investigates algorithmic questions related to the possibility of managing UAV traffic with beacon-based navigation, which we dub BBTM - Beacon-Based Traffic Management. The specific problem addressed is: How to install the minimum number of beacons in a mountainous terrain to ensure connectivity among a given set of UAS terminals on the terrain? BBTM is relevant for low-cost UAVs operating in remote areas not on time-critical missions, and may also be used as a backup system for better-equipped UAS in case the precise positioning or control information is lost, spoofed or jammed. We give algorithms for the beacon tower placement and evaluate their performance both on synthetic and real-world terrain data; the experiments suggest that our solutions can be used to efficiently quantify costs of establishing direct-visibility routing networks for UAS management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th DASC Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2016, DASC 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056002
StatePublished - Dec 7 2016
Event35th DASC Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2016 - Sacramento, United States
Duration: Sep 25 2016Sep 29 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209


Other35th DASC Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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