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Determining wind fields in atmospheric mountain waves using sailplane flight data
Author(s): Ni Zhang; Rick P. Millane; Einar Enevoldson; James E. Murray
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Paper Abstract

The problem of estimating wind velocities from limited flight data recordings is considered, with application to sailplane flights in high-altitude atmospheric mountain waves. Sailplane flight recorders routinely measure only GPS position and the problem is highly underdetermined. The nature of this problem is studied and a maximum a posteriori estimator is developed using prior information on the wind velocity and the sailplane airspeed and heading. The method is tested by simulation and by application to sailplane flight data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8500, Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII, 85000S (19 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930928
Show Author Affiliations
Ni Zhang, Univ. of Canterbury (New Zealand)
Rick P. Millane, Univ. of Canterbury (New Zealand)
Einar Enevoldson, NASA Dryden Flight Research Ctr. (United States)
James E. Murray, NASA Dryden Flight Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8500:
Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII
Philip J. Bones; Michael A. Fiddy; Rick P. Millane, Editor(s)

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