Remote payload transportation using an aircraft-towed flexible cable system

Sgarioto, D, Williams, P and Trivailo, P 2006, 'Remote payload transportation using an aircraft-towed flexible cable system', Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal, vol. 47, pp. 231-244.


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Title Remote payload transportation using an aircraft-towed flexible cable system
Author(s) Sgarioto, D
Williams, P
Trivailo, P
Year 2006
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal
Volume number 47
Start page 231
End page 244
Total pages 13
Publisher Australian Mathematical Society
Abstract We demonstrate the concept of using a cable towed beneath an aircraft to transport payloads without landing. The cable is modelled using a lumped parameter approach and the equations of motion are derived using Kane's method. Full three-dimensional dynamic coupling is preserved between the aircraft dynamics and the motion of the cable and payload. The system is controlled via aircraft maneuvering and prescribing the reel acceleration of the cable. A simulated payload transportation operation is numerically represented as a nonlinear optimal control problem and solved using a direct transcription technique implemented in Matlab. Numerical results are presented for a typical payload transportation operation.
Subject Optimisation
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