I am developing an autonomous boat to conduct offshore sonar survey in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat will be operated up to 30 miles from the coast. I need a way to establish a temporary network connection to the drone for emergency system control and maintenance during the offshore portions of its missions.
It is not feasible to build antenna masts tall enough to communicate at these distances.
Is it possible to use a small quadcopter as a network bridge/repeater by flying at high altitude above the ground control station with 900 MHz network hardware?
The connection needs to support serial data via udp, SSH, and Windows Remote Desktop connectivity. …Basically just an extended office WiFi network.