Biologically inspired flight techniques for small and micro unmanned aerial vehicles

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Abstract

This paper discusses energy extraction from atmospheric turbulence by small- and micro-uninhabited aerial vehicles. A controller which superimposes a gust-dependent control input on a state-feedback derived control input is proposed, and a genetic algorithm is used to obtain control gains as well as the optimal nominal trim state is described. Control laws are designed for both vertical sinusoidal gust fields as well as vertical and longitudinal Dryden gust fields. The optimal trim state and controller gains are shown to vary with gust intensity, and simulation results show significant energy savings for the gust soaring controller over a feedback-only controller.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2008Aug 21 2008

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period8/18/088/21/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Langelaan, J. W. (2008). Biologically inspired flight techniques for small and micro unmanned aerial vehicles. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit [2008-6511] (AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit).