Flight path planning for UAV atmospheric energy harvesting using heuristic search

Anjan Chakrabarty, Jack W. Langelaany

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Abstract

This paper presents an approach to planning long distance autonomous soaring trajectories for small uninhabited aerial vehicles harvesting energy from the atmosphere. An A* algorithm is used with a cost function which is the weighted sum of energy required and distance to goal. The effect of varying the weight parameter on the ight paths is explored. The required initial energy for varying weight is examined, and the results are compared with a wavefront expansion planning algorithm. The weight is selected based on maximum energy utilization that is available from the atmosphere and minimizing time to reach the goal. Optimal weight is selected based on simulation results and the performance of A* is studied for a realistic wind field. Optimal energy efficient routes are predicted from a given wind field data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 5 2010

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period8/2/108/5/10

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Flight paths
Energy harvesting
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Motion planning
Planning
Wavefronts
Cost functions
Energy utilization
Trajectories
Antennas

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Chakrabarty, A., & Langelaany, J. W. (2010). Flight path planning for UAV atmospheric energy harvesting using heuristic search. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference [AIAA 2010-8033] (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8033
Chakrabarty, Anjan ; Langelaany, Jack W. / Flight path planning for UAV atmospheric energy harvesting using heuristic search. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference).
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Chakrabarty, A & Langelaany, JW 2010, Flight path planning for UAV atmospheric energy harvesting using heuristic search. in AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference., AIAA 2010-8033, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, 8/2/10. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8033

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AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. AIAA 2010-8033 (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference).

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Chakrabarty A, Langelaany JW. Flight path planning for UAV atmospheric energy harvesting using heuristic search. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. AIAA 2010-8033. (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8033