Statistical Analysis of Touchdown Error for Self-Guided Aerial Payload Delivery Systems
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The paper overviews the distributions of touchdown error for a variety of different-weight selfguided parafoil-based payload delivery systems as demonstrated at several Precision Airdrop Technology and Demonstration (PATCAD) events in Yuma, AZ within the period of 2001-2009. The paper aims at establishing the correct procedure to estimate an accuracy of an aerial payload delivery system and also looking at the effect that a guidance law might have on a touchdown error distribution. These approaches and estimates should help a tester community in preparation for the aerodynamic deceleration system (ADS) tests and analysis of their results.
Proceedings of the 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, March 25-28, 2013.
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