Drones

Following the current trends in wireless systems technology, the lab recently acquired a quad-copter (IRIS+ by 3DR) for drone applications. Currently, IRIS+ is being used both for research and educational activities.

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Using Nemo Handy (carefully attached to the IRIS+ body…using tape!) and the autopilot software of IRIS+, an analysis of Tripolis current LTE network at different altitudes above ground level can be performed. One of the first observations was that the number of LTE base stations available for serving is increased at higher altitudes, as a result the probability of the receiver (Nemo Handy) having better RSRP improves.

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Drone flight trajectory above the department buildings

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Flying around an isolated base station

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The RSRP of the primary cell measured with the Nemo Handy as the IRIS+ ascends 350m and returns to base

Students, for the purposes of their thesis, attached an arduino board with temperature sensors to the IRIS+ body.