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Washington View: Beam Me Up (And Down), Scotty

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

f beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations are the “Holy Grail” of the UAS industry, harnessing the capability of non-terrestrial networks (NTNs), or Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node networks, appears to be the equivalent for a 5G communication system network—particularly in low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications (SatComs) constellations.


UAS, among many other systems, can play a vital role in developing requirements, which could, in turn, help mitigate current technological limitations for BVLOS and a wide range of other use cases that depend on accurate positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). However, as in so many other areas of emerging technology, challenges in implementation and standardization remain unsolved. Here’s a rundown of the state of play for 5G LEO SatCom networks. Check out this look at the state of 5G NR NTNs:


Topics: 5G, New Radio, NR, Non-Terrestrial Networks, NTN, beyond visual line of sight, BVLOS, UAS industry, Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node networks, low earth orbit LEO, satellite communications, SatComs, RAN radios, Qualcomm, JD Danielli, Guiseppi Space, Joshua Morales, StarNav, 3GPP, OpenAirInterface, Ericcson, Thales, GNSS


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