Space-air-ground integrated network: A survey

Jiajia Liu, Yongpeng Shi, Zubair Md Fadlullah, Nei Kato

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Space-air-ground integrated network (SAGIN), as an integration of satellite systems, aerial networks, and terrestrial communications, has been becoming an emerging architecture and attracted intensive research interest during the past years. Besides bringing significant benefits for various practical services and applications, SAGIN is also facing many unprecedented challenges due to its specific characteristics, such as heterogeneity, self-organization, and time-variability. Compared to traditional ground or satellite networks, SAGIN is affected by the limited and unbalanced network resources in all three network segments, so that it is difficult to obtain the best performances for traffic delivery. Therefore, the system integration, protocol optimization, resource management, and allocation in SAGIN is of great significance. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to present the state-of-the-art of the SAGIN since existing survey papers focused on either only one single network segment in space or air, or the integration of space-ground, neglecting the integration of all the three network segments. In light of this, we present in this paper a comprehensive review of recent research works concerning SAGIN from network design and resource allocation to performance analysis and optimization. After discussing several existing network architectures, we also point out some technology challenges and future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8368236
Pages (from-to)2714-2741
Number of pages28
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 1


  • Network design and protocol optimization
  • Performance analysis
  • Quality of service
  • Resource allocation
  • Space-air-ground integrated network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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