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Optimal Aerial Guidance in General Wind Fields
  • Ely Paiva ,
  • Guilherme Pereira
Ely Paiva
University of Campinas (Unicamp)

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Guilherme Pereira
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This paper presents an optimal guidance approach for a UAV point-to-point navigation in 2D, under wind perturbation, with a general desired airspeed profile. A cost function weighting the travel time and the control effort is minimized through the Pontryagin's Minimum Principle, involving the derivatives of the airspeed velocities. Two iterative procedures for a guidance algorithm under general wind fields were developed, including an analytical solution for the optimal heading in minimum-time paths. Different cases from the literature are compared and a hard wind scenario test is presented.