Range-based reactive deployment of autonomous drones for optimal coverage in disaster areas

Andrey V. Savkin, Hailong Huang

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This article studies deploying autonomous drones to provide Internet service to affected users in disaster areas. Specifically, the problem of minimizing the average drone-user distance is considered. Unlike some existing location-based approaches, a range-based reactive drone deployment algorithm is proposed. Instead of assuming that the users' locations are known, the proposed algorithm only requires the drones to measure the received signal strength and to share such information with other nearby drones. It is decentralized and easily implementable in real time. The algorithm's convergence is proved and its performance is validated by simulations and comparisons with a benchmark scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8863630
Pages (from-to)4606-4610
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Autonomous drones
  • cellular networks
  • coverage
  • flying base stations
  • reactive deployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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