COOMBES, M., CHEN, W-H. and LIU, C., 2019. Flight testing Boustrophedon coverage path planning for fixed wing UAVs in wind. To be presented at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal, Canada, 20-24 May 2019.
A method was previously developed by this author
to optimise the flight path of a fixed wing UAV performing aerial surveys of complex concave agricultural fields. This relies heavily on a flight time in wind prediction model as its cost
function. This paper aims to validate this model by comparing flight test results with the model prediction. There are a number of assumptions that this model relies on. The major assumption
is that wind is steady and uniform over the small area and time scales involved in a survey. To show that this is reasonable, wind fields measurements will be taken from a multi rotor UAV with an ultrasonic windspeed sensor.
This paper is closed access until it is published.
This work was supported by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) under Newton Fund with grant number ST/N006852/1, and by the EPSRC with grant number EP/P012868/1.