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Wireless Relay Communications using ann Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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3 Author(s)
Pengcheng Zhan ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA, 84602. Telephone: (801)422-3930, Fax: (801)422-0201, e-mail: ; Kai Yu ; A. Lee Swindlehurst

Herein, we investigate the optimal deployment of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a wireless relay communication system. The optimal UAV position is found by maximizing the average data rate, while at the same time keeping the symbol error rate (SER) below a certain threshold. We derive a closed-form expression for the average data rate in a fixed wireless link using adaptive modulation. By using the alternate definite integral form for the Gaussian Q-function, the symbol error rate (SER) of the system in the link level is evaluated. An upper bound on the SER is also derived using the improved exponential bounds for the Q-function. It is shown that the derived SER expression matches the simulation results very well and the derived upper bound is tight for a wide range of SNRs. Simulation results also show that the system data rate matches the derived closed-form expression

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2006 IEEE 7th Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications

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2-5 July 2006