What is it about?
The paper discusses a possibility of a special UAV dynamic soaring within wake vortex of an airliner. The goal of the idea is to extract enough energy from a wake vortex to allow the UAV follow an airliner without any own propulsion. The paper is focused to a climb because it is most difficult regime for the flight formation of an airliner and the UAV.
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Why is it important?
The paper brings results in the idea of the airliner-UAV flight formation. The presented results provide insight into energy balance and controllability of the unmanned aerial vehicle flying in an airliner wake vortex.
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This page is a summary of: Dynamic soaring of unmanned aerial vehicle within airliner wake vortex in climb regime, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G Journal of Aerospace Engineering, September 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0954410016667147.
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