Trajectory Optimization of a Small Airship in a Moving Fluid

Title: Trajectory Optimization of a Small Airship in a Moving Fluid
Authors: Lanteigne, Eric
Blouin, Charles
Gueaieb, Wail
Date: 2015-05
Abstract: Small airship offer low cost alternative for long endurance flights for telecommunications, surveillance and transport. Maneuvering in a real environment while taking into account the obstacles, the dynamical model of the airship, the wind and the energy consumption is a complex problem. This paper will present the dynamical model of a small airship and its experimental characterization, followed by the description of the path planning problem formulated as an optimal control problem. The problem will then be solved using a pseudo-spectral solver, implemented in the software PSOPT. This paper demonstrates that an optimal control approach can be used to generate complex and very realistic trajectories for small airships.
CollectionScience informatique et génie électrique // Electrical Engineering and Computer Science