Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/578965
Title:
Autonomous Soaring with Thermal Energy Extraction
Author:
Ashton, Matthew; Tindall, Phillip; Mueting, Joel; Garcia, Maira; Griffis, Nicholas
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly becoming an integral part of everyday life. Whether for military surveillance, personal entertainment, or commercial transportation, each UAV is limited in flight time by the amount of fuel it can carry or the power its batteries can hold. This project sought to break that boundary by allowing a gliding UAV to autonomously make use of the natural energy of thermals: rising pockets of air that form over warm patches of ground. Birds and manned gliders have already been making use of this energy for years by a process called thermalling, in which they are able to gain altitude by circling around the center of a thermal and rising with the surrounding air. By altering the autopilot code of a typical UAV glider, this project was able to achieve autonomous thermalling in both simulated and actual flight tests, and achieved more than triple the plane's natural gliding flight time.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.A.E.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Aerospace Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Fasel, Hermann; Sanfelice, Ricardo

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleAutonomous Soaring with Thermal Energy Extractionen_US
dc.creatorAshton, Matthewen
dc.creatorTindall, Phillipen
dc.creatorMueting, Joelen
dc.creatorGarcia, Mairaen
dc.creatorGriffis, Nicholasen
dc.contributor.authorAshton, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorTindall, Phillipen
dc.contributor.authorMueting, Joelen
dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Mairaen
dc.contributor.authorGriffis, Nicholasen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractUnmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly becoming an integral part of everyday life. Whether for military surveillance, personal entertainment, or commercial transportation, each UAV is limited in flight time by the amount of fuel it can carry or the power its batteries can hold. This project sought to break that boundary by allowing a gliding UAV to autonomously make use of the natural energy of thermals: rising pockets of air that form over warm patches of ground. Birds and manned gliders have already been making use of this energy for years by a process called thermalling, in which they are able to gain altitude by circling around the center of a thermal and rising with the surrounding air. By altering the autopilot code of a typical UAV glider, this project was able to achieve autonomous thermalling in both simulated and actual flight tests, and achieved more than triple the plane's natural gliding flight time.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.S.A.E.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineAerospace Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorFasel, Hermannen
dc.contributor.advisorSanfelice, Ricardoen
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