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November 2018

MAE PhD Defense – Thomas C. Powers

November 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Title: Artificial Lumbered Flight for Autonomous Soaring Advisor: Dr. Larry Silverberg and Dr. Ashok Gopalarathnam Date: Friday, November 2, 2018, at 9 AM Location: EB3 Rm.# 3115   Abstract: Soaring strategies are redefining the flight capabilities of small-class fixed-wing UAVs. This dissertation presents an autonomous soaring strategy that exploits updraft energy independent of the classification of an updraft. The strategy employs an artificial lumbered flight algorithm (ALFA) that weighs near-field updraft estimates and mission priorities for the navigation. This work raises the…

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