Domingo Diez Barrero, Njål Trygve Borch, Anders Andersen, A Flexible and Collaborative Middleware for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platform: When one-fit-all solution is required, Proceedings of the 7th Middleware Doctoral Symposium, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2010, ISBN 978-1-4503-0457-3.
This research work is focused on how to design, implement, test and maintain a middleware for an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), which is formed by several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The novelty of our approach is the integration as one only communication environment, of two complete different con- texts: the intra-UAV and the inter-UAV; within a UAS. The challenge is how to address the design of a flexible middleware for both a real-time communication environment (the intra-UAV context), and a highly dynamic wireless environment (the inter-UAV context). Besides, it must be considered the limited computing power at our disposal. The particular characteristics of the problem make neither the current solutions for the Mobile wireless Ad-hoc Network (MANET), which would be eligible for the inter-UAV context, nor the common solutions for the real-time applications, that would fit the intra-UAV context, suitable.