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A conic-programing-based approach for trajectory optimisation of unmanned gliders

A conic-programing-based approach for trajectory optimisation of unmanned gliders
A conic-programing-based approach for trajectory optimisation of unmanned gliders

In recent years, employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to collect data and make measurements has gained momentum. Often, the use of UAVs allows for a reduction in costs and improvements of other performance criteria. Those characteristics make UAVs suitable for disaster assessment, response and management. While the utilisation of powered UAVs has been broadly investigated in the literature, the employment of unpowered UAVs such as gliders has not been well explored. In fact, specialised control systems based on optimisation must be developed in order to guide such vehicles during their operations. In this paper we consider the problem of guiding a glider, along predetermined waypoints, in a wind field. We propose a Conic Programming Glider Trajectory Optimisation Problem, motivated by disaster assessment applications, and a solution framework. Some preliminary computational results are presented at the end of this work.

Quadratic programming, Trajectory optimisation, Unmanned gliders
183-187
Oceanography Society
Coutinho, Walton P.
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Fliege, Joerg
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Battarra, Maria
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Bleach, James
Coutinho, Walton P.
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Fliege, Joerg
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Battarra, Maria
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Bleach, James

Coutinho, Walton P., Fliege, Joerg and Battarra, Maria (2016) A conic-programing-based approach for trajectory optimisation of unmanned gliders. Bleach, James (ed.) In OR58: The OR Society Annual Conference. Oceanography Society. pp. 183-187 .

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Abstract

In recent years, employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to collect data and make measurements has gained momentum. Often, the use of UAVs allows for a reduction in costs and improvements of other performance criteria. Those characteristics make UAVs suitable for disaster assessment, response and management. While the utilisation of powered UAVs has been broadly investigated in the literature, the employment of unpowered UAVs such as gliders has not been well explored. In fact, specialised control systems based on optimisation must be developed in order to guide such vehicles during their operations. In this paper we consider the problem of guiding a glider, along predetermined waypoints, in a wind field. We propose a Conic Programming Glider Trajectory Optimisation Problem, motivated by disaster assessment applications, and a solution framework. Some preliminary computational results are presented at the end of this work.

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Published date: 2016
Venue - Dates: 58th Annual Conference on Operational Research Society, OR 2016, , Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 2016-09-06 - 2016-09-08
Keywords: Quadratic programming, Trajectory optimisation, Unmanned gliders

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Local EPrints ID: 484184
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/484184
PURE UUID: a58ca9e9-8c81-4aae-93db-7a0a6ed1c226
ORCID for Joerg Fliege: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4459-5419

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Date deposited: 11 Nov 2023 20:31
Last modified: 12 Nov 2023 02:41

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Author: Walton P. Coutinho
Author: Joerg Fliege ORCID iD
Author: Maria Battarra
Editor: James Bleach

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