Analysis of Drone Propagation with Ray Tracing from Sub-6 GHz Upto Terahertz Frequencies in a Real World Urban Environment

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Unmanned aerial communication platforms have been recently considered as an effective solution to provide homogeneous and extended network coverage to terrestrial users. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are expected to increase the network reliability and users' Quality of Experience (QoE). The first target of this paper is to analyze the propagation characteristics of drone transmission at different frequencies i.e., 3.5 GHz, 28 GHz, 60 GHz, and up to 180 GHz with 20GHz step. In the considered setup drone is flying at different heights i.e., from 50m up to 250m altitude and we carry out 3D ray tracing simulations assuming a propagation environment that is defined by the real building data from Helsinki city. Ground users are placed outdoors. We study the validity of a previously proposed geometrical Line of Sight (LOS) probability model between ground user and drone, and based on simulations we propose new modeling parameters. In the second part of the paper, the ray tracing results are compared with the analytical reference model. Finally, a new set of parameters is proposed for tuned analytical model based on acquired ray tracing results. The proposed analytical model provides significantly low Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) when compared with the analytical reference model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2021
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-9100-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Information Networking - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 13 Jan 202116 Jan 2021
Conference number: 35

Publication series

NameThe International conference on information networking
ISSN (Electronic)1976-7684


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Networking
Abbreviated titleICOIN
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island


  • Drone propagation
  • millimeter wave
  • ray tracing
  • simulations
  • unmanned aerial vehicle


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