Real-time wind speed estimation and compensation for improved flight

Arain, Bilal & Kendoul, Farid (2014) Real-time wind speed estimation and compensation for improved flight. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 50(2), pp. 1599-1606.

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This paper presents the development and experimental validation of a prototype system for online estimation and compensation of wind disturbances onboard small Rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (RUAS). The proposed approach consists of integrating a small pitot-static system onboard the vehicle and using simple but effective algorithms for estimating the wind speed in real time. The baseline flight controller has been augmented with a feed-forward term to compensate for these wind disturbances, thereby improving the flight performance of small RUAS in windy conditions. The paper also investigates the use of online airspeed measurements in a closed-loop for controlling the RUAS forward motion without the aid of a global positioning system (GPS). The results of more than 80 flights with a RUAS confirm the validity of our approach.

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ID Code: 88852
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1109/TAES.2014.120236
ISSN: 0018-9251
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2015 03:22
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 03:23

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