Publication Date

Fall 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering


Chao-li Tarng


Aerial Robotics, Authentication, Encryption, Wireless Communication

Subject Areas

Electrical engineering; Computer engineering; Robotics


As designed to accept custom modules, autonomous aircrafts has developed into a fast-paced industry. The remote-control system of aerial robotics is typically based on wireless communications methods, such as 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz, or Wi-Fi. Because the services vary with the communication method, users face different kinds of cybersecurity challenges. This thesis provides an innovative solution for the authentication and security methods in proposed aerial robotics communication network. The thesis begins with an introduction to RF drone communications. After a discussion of the MAV Link communication protocol, the thesis will focus on the differences between the existing one-to-one network and the proposed one-to-many network. This thesis will then address the application of the transport layer security (TLS) layer, in connection with communication protocols, encryption, decryption, key distribution and authentication. The thesis concludes with a discussion of the future of Wi-Fi based aerial robotics networks.