Upstream Wind Sensing for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Watkins, S, Mohamed, A, Prudden, S, Tennent, D, Marino, M and Fisher, A 2018, 'Upstream Wind Sensing for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles', in 2018 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace), Rome, Italy, 20-22 June 2018, pp. 1-4.


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Title Upstream Wind Sensing for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Author(s) Watkins, S
Mohamed, A
Prudden, S
Tennent, D
Marino, M
Fisher, A
Year 2018
Conference name 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)
Conference location Rome, Italy
Conference dates 20-22 June 2018
Proceedings title 2018 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Rome, Italy
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Abstract The potential for measuring wind, both in the atmosphere and in wind tunnels, was investigated using differential pressure probes mounted forward of small fixed wing and rotary unmanned aircraft. Stability augmentation on the fixed wing craft demonstrated improved steadiness when the upstream pitch angles from the turbulent wind were used as a control input in association with a standard inertial unit. Velocity spectra in the atmosphere and those from flights in turbulent wind tunnels were similar to the generally accepted von Karman spectra. The problems and possibilities of using small unmanned aircraft for outdoor measurements are discussed including in swarms which could replace anemometers mounted on masts.
Subjects Flight Dynamics
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ISBN 9781538624746
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