Research Focus

6G-Take­Off delves into the intri­cate fusion of ter­res­tri­al and non-ter­res­tri­al net­works, craft­ing a uni­fied com­mu­ni­ca­tion blue­print for tomor­row. Our research is cen­tered on devel­op­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary 3D 6G archi­tec­ture, encom­pass­ing ground sta­tions, fly­ing plat­forms, and satel­lites. This holis­tic approach ensures seam­less con­nec­tiv­i­ty, cater­ing to diverse users from indi­vid­u­als to busi­ness­es and IoT devices.

One of our key inno­va­tions lies in lever­ag­ing Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) for net­work man­age­ment. With AI, we can dynam­i­cal­ly adjust net­work nodes, antic­i­pate dis­rup­tions, and enhance the over­all resilience of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion infra­struc­ture. Addi­tion­al­ly, our com­mit­ment to secu­ri­ty and pri­va­cy is unwa­ver­ing. We’re pio­neer­ing nov­el authen­ti­ca­tion pro­to­cols, ensur­ing secure con­nec­tions even in remote regions.

By bridg­ing the exper­tise from the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, aero­space, and user indus­tries, 6G-Take­Off is not just about advanc­ing tech­nol­o­gy; it’s about ensur­ing Germany’s and Europe’s dig­i­tal and tech­no­log­i­cal sov­er­eign­ty in the evolv­ing glob­al land­scape.

DSI’s contribution

DSI’s pri­ma­ry objec­tive with­in this project is the pro­to­typ­i­cal devel­op­ment of a high-per­for­mance, dynam­i­cal­ly recon­fig­urable Trans­ceiv­er Board, intend­ed for use in fly­ing net­work nodes.

To achieve this, the imple­men­ta­tion plan includes the use of inno­v­a­tive hard­ware com­po­nents. This approach offers a flex­i­ble solu­tion, address­ing the esca­lat­ing com­pu­ta­tion­al demands while opti­miz­ing ener­gy con­sump­tion.

As a pre­lim­i­nary step, DSI, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with project part­ners, will for­mu­late require­ments for fly­ing net­work nodes and poten­tial use cas­es, empha­siz­ing both reg­u­la­to­ry and tech­ni­cal con­straints. Stem­ming from this, the explo­ration of key tech­nolo­gies in 6G NTNs will form a cor­ner­stone of the research. Here, DSI will lever­age its exper­tise in the PHY/­MAC-Lay­er domain. This foun­da­tion­al research will lead to the design and real­iza­tion of the Trans­ceiv­er board for the com­mu­ni­ca­tion pay­loads of the fly­ing nodes. Sub­se­quent­ly, DSI will par­tic­i­pate in the planned 3D-Net­work­ing Demon­stra­tor.

DSI’s involve­ment under­scores its com­mit­ment to advanc­ing the fron­tiers of com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy, ensur­ing robust, adapt­able, and effi­cient solu­tions for future chal­lenges.

Funding and partners

6G-Take­Off is a 3‑year study, fund­ed by the BMWK. Under the coor­di­na­tion of the Deutsche Telekom, 6G-Take­Off start­ed 1st Sep­tem­ber 2022. The con­sor­tium includes 23 part­ners: Deutsche Telekom, Air­bus, Cre­on­ice, DLR, EANT, Fraun­hofer FOKUS, Leib­niz Insti­tute for high per­for­mance Micro­elec­tron­ics, IMST, John Deere, NXP, Otaris, Rohde&Schwarz, RPTU, Smart Mobile Labs AG, Tele­fon­i­ca, Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men, ZF, Zen­trum für Telematik, BMW, BRK, Con­ti­nen­tal and MAN.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a study on 6G rep­re­sents a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to be at the fore­front of defin­ing next-gen­er­a­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion stan­dards. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with a wide array of part­ners enrich­es this expe­ri­ence, bring­ing togeth­er var­ied per­spec­tives that are as chal­leng­ing as they are reward­ing.”

Kon­stan­tin Geißinger
Deputy Head of Stud­ies

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