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A Method of getting IP Address for ATN applications operating over ATN/IPS Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240767D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-27
Document File: 8 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

With increasing demand for content-rich applications and more frequent data link communication between aircraft and ground stations, use of broadband, IP-based sub-networks is becoming the preferred choice over narrowband sub-networks and aviation-unique communication protocols. The broadband sub-networks employ Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) comprising of communication protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP which have long been used in other industries. Consequently, it is beneficial for existing, non-IP-based ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunication Network) applications to leverage the IPS and operate over broadband sub-networks. This paper provides a method for implementation of an IP address configuration schema that allows existing, non-IP-based ATN applications to operate over IP-based links without making any change to the ATN applications themselves.

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A Method of getting IP Address for ATN applications operating over ATN/IPS Network

Yufeng Liu, Louis T. Toth, Jian Sun, Michael L. Olive, and Likun Zou

ABSTRACT

With increasing demand for content-rich applications and more frequent data link communication between aircraft and ground stations, use of broadband, IP-based sub-networks is becoming the preferred choice over narrowband sub-networks and aviation-unique communication protocols. The broadband sub-networks employ Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) comprising of communication protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP which have long been used in other industries.  Consequently, it is beneficial for existing, non-IP-based ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunication Network) applications to leverage the IPS and operate over broadband sub-networks. This paper provides a method for implementation of an IP address configuration schema that allows existing, non-IP-based ATN applications to operate over IP-based links without making any change to the ATN applications themselves. 

1. INTRODUCTION

Applications depending on data link communication between aircraft and ground is an upcoming trend coupled with the demand for larger bandwidth data transfer to support content-rich applications (e.g., graphical presentations). The ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunication Network) is currently being deployed to support data link communication between pilots and ground air traffic controllers. The ATN comprises application entities and communication services which allow ground, air-to-ground and avionics data sub-networks to interoperate. As of now, ATN applications and networks have already been deployed in some parts of the world.

Aviation-specific narrowband sub-networks such as VHF, HF and SATCOM are commonly used to exchange data between aircraft and ground systems. Their limited bandwidth and throughput only allow the exchange of small text messages between the aircraft and the ground. The ATN is going through continual operational improvements with increasing demand for transferring larger amount of data (e.g., graphical taxi message, graphical route information, etc). Thus broadband sub-networks such as AeroMACS, Broadband SATCOM, L-band Terrestrial, etc. are entering the scene. These broadband sub-networks support the standard IPS (Internet protocol suite), which has long been used in various other industry areas. The IPS is a much researched and widely used protocol so the use of standard IPS for air-to-ground data communication can reduce costs such as development, deployment as well as airline operating costs. In order to take advantage of the broadband sub-networks and the IPS of communication protocols, it is necessary to allow existing ATN/OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) applications to operate over the IPS stack. One of the major roadblocks for the ATN applications operating over the IPS network is that the ATN application or aircraft needs to be aware of the IP address of the ground peer application along with...