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    UAV-Assisted Networking and Communications

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, are aircraft devices which operate without an onboard pilot. The navigational autonomy of UAVs previously enabled applications for military, telecommunications and surveillance, however, only recently have the communication capabilities of these devices been considered. Among balloons and small aircraft, UAVs offer reliable and cost-effective wireless communication solutions (Bucaille et al, 2013). Using a low altitude platform (LAP), such as UAVs, allows for easy deployment and line-of-sight (LoS) communication links, unlike high altitude platform (HAP) alternatives, such as balloons. However, HAPs offer increased endurance and coverage, ergo are more suitable for covering large geographic areas. Zeng et al. (2016, p. 37) introduced three…