Dedicated airborne gateways and relays enhance the effective range of communications and Command & Control (C2) coverage for strike, rescue, and resupply missions. A robust mission planning approach can enable dynamic management and adaptive control of the enhanced communications and networking capability provided by airborne gateways and relays. IAI and its collaborator General Dynamics continue to design and implement inverse planning capabilities over aerial communications for IMPACT, the Inverse Mission Planning of Aerial Communications Technologies system. IMPACT’s software planning module designs the best orbit for dedicated airborne gateways and relays, with a focus on Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) systems, by optimizing network performance given different orbit constraints and communication requirements. An IMPACT application will run on individual communications subscribers' radios and provide them with situational awareness by optimizing transmission decisions to maximize the subscriber-BACN communication performance. Force-level planning will be interfaced with tactical mission planning software, while subscriber planning will be ported to tactical radio platforms. IMPACT will successfully provide automated and adaptive network planning, capable of processing the network capacity and communication factors provided from the airborne gateways and relays and in conjunction with mission resource requirements.