Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles

Jack W. Langelaan, Nicholas Alley, James Neidhoefer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

26 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper describes a method for estimating wind field (wind velocity, rate of change of wind velocity and wind gradient) for small and mini unmanned aerial vehicles. The approach utilizes sensors which are already part of a standard autopilot sensor suite (GPS, inertial measurement unit, airspeed, magnetometer). The primary motivation is enabling energy harvesting; a secondary motivation is development of a low-cost atmospheric measurement and sampling system. The paper presents an error analysis and discusses the primary contributions to error in the estimated wind field. Results of Monte Carlo simulations compare predicted errors in wind estimates with actual errors and show the effect of using estimated winds for energy harvesting from gusts.

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

Fingerprint

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Energy harvesting
Units of measurement
Sensors
Magnetometers
Error analysis
Global positioning system
Sampling
Costs

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

Cite this

Langelaan, J. W., Alley, N., & Neidhoefer, J. (2010). Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference [AIAA 2010-8177] (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8177
Langelaan, Jack W. ; Alley, Nicholas ; Neidhoefer, James. / Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference).
@inproceedings{09f42c9c021d47e5bfaff41fbfccd65f,
title = "Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles",
abstract = "This paper describes a method for estimating wind field (wind velocity, rate of change of wind velocity and wind gradient) for small and mini unmanned aerial vehicles. The approach utilizes sensors which are already part of a standard autopilot sensor suite (GPS, inertial measurement unit, airspeed, magnetometer). The primary motivation is enabling energy harvesting; a secondary motivation is development of a low-cost atmospheric measurement and sampling system. The paper presents an error analysis and discusses the primary contributions to error in the estimated wind field. Results of Monte Carlo simulations compare predicted errors in wind estimates with actual errors and show the effect of using estimated winds for energy harvesting from gusts.",
author = "Langelaan, {Jack W.} and Nicholas Alley and James Neidhoefer",
year = "2010",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.2514/6.2010-8177",
language = "English (US)",
isbn = "9781600869624",
series = "AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference",
booktitle = "AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference",

}

Langelaan, JW, Alley, N & Neidhoefer, J 2010, Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles. in AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference., AIAA 2010-8177, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, 8/2/10. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8177

Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles. / Langelaan, Jack W.; Alley, Nicholas; Neidhoefer, James.

AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. AIAA 2010-8177 (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

TY - GEN

T1 - Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles

AU - Langelaan, Jack W.

AU - Alley, Nicholas

AU - Neidhoefer, James

PY - 2010/12/1

Y1 - 2010/12/1

N2 - This paper describes a method for estimating wind field (wind velocity, rate of change of wind velocity and wind gradient) for small and mini unmanned aerial vehicles. The approach utilizes sensors which are already part of a standard autopilot sensor suite (GPS, inertial measurement unit, airspeed, magnetometer). The primary motivation is enabling energy harvesting; a secondary motivation is development of a low-cost atmospheric measurement and sampling system. The paper presents an error analysis and discusses the primary contributions to error in the estimated wind field. Results of Monte Carlo simulations compare predicted errors in wind estimates with actual errors and show the effect of using estimated winds for energy harvesting from gusts.

AB - This paper describes a method for estimating wind field (wind velocity, rate of change of wind velocity and wind gradient) for small and mini unmanned aerial vehicles. The approach utilizes sensors which are already part of a standard autopilot sensor suite (GPS, inertial measurement unit, airspeed, magnetometer). The primary motivation is enabling energy harvesting; a secondary motivation is development of a low-cost atmospheric measurement and sampling system. The paper presents an error analysis and discusses the primary contributions to error in the estimated wind field. Results of Monte Carlo simulations compare predicted errors in wind estimates with actual errors and show the effect of using estimated winds for energy harvesting from gusts.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79955771405&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=79955771405&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.2514/6.2010-8177

DO - 10.2514/6.2010-8177

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:79955771405

SN - 9781600869624

T3 - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

BT - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

ER -

Langelaan JW, Alley N, Neidhoefer J. Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. 2010. AIAA 2010-8177. (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-8177