Evaluation of different wind estimation methods in flight tests with a fixed-wing UAV

Julian Sören Lorenz
Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-18-03, February, 2018

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In path-following applications on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles one need to know a lot of data. In order to be able to control the aircraft safely, knowledge about the surrounding air masses is very helpful. There are several approaches for estimating the current wind vector using a standard sensor suite of Global Positioning System (GPS), Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and pitot tube. In this technical report four different methods for wind estimation will be presented and I will show how they perform in flight with a fixed-wing UAV. In the end I will evaluate and compare the approaches to each other.

author = {Julian Sören Lorenz},
title = {Evaluation of different wind estimation methods in flight tests with a fixed-wing UAV},
year = {2018},
month = {February},
institution = {Carnegie Mellon University},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},
number = {CMU-RI-TR-18-03},
keywords = {wind estimation evaluation flight test fixed wing UAV results},
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