Dynamic network connectivity using unmanned aerial vehicles

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9848459
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15092358

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A method for establishing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) network among a plurality of UAVs that is programmed to communicate packet data, wherein the plurality of UAVs comprises a first UAV and creating a first wireless connection between the first UAV of the plurality of UAVs and a second UAV. The method includes receiving a first signal indicating that the second UAV has been added to the plurality of UAVs and transmitting a second signal to the second UAV that causes the second UAV to generate a wireless coverage area that extends a wireless range of the UAV network. The method includes calculating a plurality of link cost values for one or more wireless connections to or from each particular UAV to one or more other UAVs in the plurality of UAVs; and determining whether to realign the plurality of UAVs based on the plurality of link cost values.

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CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.SAN JOSE, CA14590

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Darrow, Nicholas Atlanta, US 1 3
Gandhi, Biren San Jose, US 5 22

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
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TIME DOMAIN CORPORATION (1)
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS (1)
* 2010/0108,807 TETHERED HOVERING PLATFORM 3 2009
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* 9994315 Unmanned aerial vehicles in medical applications 0 2016
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