Wind field estimation for small unmanned aerial vehicles

Jack W. Langelaan, Nicholas Alley, James Neidhoefer

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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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    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