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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 9153240, 11 pages
Research Article

A Tool for Beamforming and Real-Time Link Budget Analysis in Aeronautical Communications Using Kinematics

1Meteksan Defense Inc., Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA
3Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, TOBB University of Economics & Technology, Ankara, Turkey

Received 31 March 2016; Revised 15 June 2016; Accepted 10 July 2016

Academic Editor: Fun Hu

Copyright © 2016 M. Cenk Erturk and Yasin Aksan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aeronautical Communication (AC) systems are likely to be a part of future tiered communication network structures. Therefore maintaining a robust AC link with a minimum power burden on the host platform has a critical importance. In this paper, we analyze the AC systems from a link budget analysis point of view and define the requirements for the parameters of link budget with an emphasize on antenna gains. First, we study the link budget analysis in an AC system. Then, we present a mathematical framework to provide an end-to-end link budget analysis utilizing the platform kinematics. Finally, we present the numerical results for typical AC scenarios and discuss that these results can be used for calculating the real-time link budget and electronic beamforming to provide a robust link.