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Energy-harvesting mechanisms for UAV flight by dynamic soaring

Bonnin, V.; Benard, E.; Moshetta, J.-M.; Toomer, Chris


V. Bonnin

E. Benard

J.-M. Moshetta


Dynamic Soaring is a flying technique which extracts energy from an environment where wind gradients form, with the potential to increase the endurance of small unmanned vehicles. The feasibility to use dynamic soaring flight is questioned here; it requires the identification of energy-extraction mechanisms as well as accurate understanding of the way energy-harvesting performances are governed by trajectory constraints, vehicle characteristics and environment conditions. A three-dimensional energy-neutral trajectory is derived out of a specified optimization problem. Characteristic phases of flight are evidenced out of an overall closed trajectory. Simplified equations are used to evidence the physics behind energy transfers. Finally, overall energy-harvesting balance is studied through local variations of total energy along the path.


Bonnin, V., Benard, E., Moshetta, J., & Toomer, C. (2015). Energy-harvesting mechanisms for UAV flight by dynamic soaring. International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, 7(3), 213-229.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2015
Journal International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles
Print ISSN 1756-8293
Electronic ISSN 1756-8307
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 213-229
Keywords energy harvesting, UAV flight
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