Aerial Base Stations: Practical Considerations for Power Consumption and Service Time

Siva Satya Sri Ganesh Seeram, Shuai Zhang, Mustafa Ozger, Andre Grabs, Jaroslav Holis, Cicek Cavdar

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Aerial base stations (ABSs) have emerged as a promising solution to meet the high traffic demands of future wireless networks. Nevertheless, their practical implementation requires efficient utilization of limited payload and onboard energy. Understanding the power consumption streams, such as mechanical and communication power, and their relationship to the payload is crucial for analyzing its feasibility. Specifically, we focus on rotary-wing drones (RWDs), fixed-wing drones (FWDs), and high-altitude platforms (HAPs), analyzing their energy consumption models and key performance metrics such as power consumption, energy harvested-to-consumption ratio, and service time with varying wingspans, battery capacities, and regions. Our findings indicate that FWDs have longer service times and HAPs have energy harvested-to-consumption ratios greater than one, indicating theoretically infinite service time, especially when deployed in near-equator regions or have a large wingspan. Additionally, we investigate the case study of RWD-BS deployment, assessing aerial network dimensioning aspects such as ABS coverage radius based on altitude, environment, and frequency of operation. Our findings provide valuable insights for researchers and telecom operators, facilitating effective cost planning by determining the number of ABSs and backup batteries required for uninterrupted operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM 2023 - 2023 IEEE Global Communications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350310900
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event2023 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2023 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Dec 4 2023Dec 8 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM
ISSN (Print)2334-0983
ISSN (Electronic)2576-6813


Conference2023 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2023
CityKuala Lumpur

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing


  • aerial base stations
  • aerial network
  • energy harvesting
  • power consumption
  • service time
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles


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