Shipboard Landing Challenges for Autonomous Parafoils
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This paper examines some of the challenges that must be overcome if future aerial delivery systems are to have the capability to land on the _ight deck of a ship underway. The unique aspects of trajectory planning for landing on a shipﾒs _ight deck are _rst examined, followed by formulation of the position estimation problem for a moving target. Some preliminary investigations into characterizing the wind over a moving landing platform at sea are then described. Finally, experimental results are presented for testing of a small prototype autonomous parafoil with a simple moving target on land.
Proceedings of the 21st AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May 23-26, 2011.