Flight-path reconstruction and flight test of four-line power kites

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dc.contributor.author Borobia Moreno, Ricardo
dc.contributor.author Sánchez Arriaga, Gonzalo
dc.contributor.author Serino, Alessandro
dc.contributor.author Schmehl, Roland
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-28T15:25:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-28T15:25:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, 41(12), 2018, pp. 2604–2614.
dc.identifier.issn 0731-5090
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/28533
dc.description.abstract A flight-path reconstruction algorithm for tethered aircraft, which is based on an extended Kalman filter, is presented. The algorithm is fed by the measurements of a set of onboard and ground-based instruments and provides the optimal estimation of the system state-space trajectory, which includes typical aircraft variables such as position and velocity, as well as an estimation of the aerodynamic force and torque. Therefore, it can be applied to closed-loop control in airborne wind energy systems and it is a first step toward aerodynamic parameter identification of tethered aircraft using flight-test data. The performance of the algorithm is investigated by feeding it with real flight data obtained from a low-cost and highly portable experimental setup with a four-line kite. Several flight tests, which include pullup and lateral-directional steering maneuvers with two kites of different areas, are conducted. The coherence of the estimations provided by the filter, such as the kite state-space trajectory and aerodynamic forces and torques, is analyzed. For some standard variables, such as kite Euler angles and position, the results are also compared with a second independent onboard estimator.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad of Spain and the European Regional Development Fund under the project ENE2015-69937-R (MINECO/FEDER, UE). G. Sanchez-Arriaga's work is supported by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad of Spain under grant RYC-2014-15357. R. Schmehl was partially supported by the European Union's projects AWESCO (H2020-ITN-642682) and REACH (H2020- FTIPilot-691173).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
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dc.subject.other Flight-path reconstruction algorithm
dc.subject.other Kalman filter
dc.subject.other Tethered aircraft
dc.title Flight-path reconstruction and flight test of four-line power kites
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.subject.eciencia Aeronáutica
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.2514/1.G003581
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. RYC2014-15357
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ENE2015-69937-R
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/642685/AWESCO
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/691173/REACH
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 2604
dc.identifier.publicationissue 12
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 2614
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 41
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000023870
dc.contributor.funder European Commission
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (España)
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