Counter-Gust System for Hybrid Aerial Vehicles
The project objective of this project is to design and implement an automatic crosswind stabilization system for a new, hybrid aerial vehicle (relying on lift from aerodynamic effects and from buoyant gas). This type of vehicle has several advantages compared to fixed-wing planes, including the ability to take off and land on very short runways that do not need to be paved. This makes the vehicle very suitable for delivery of goods to remote regions with weak or no infrastructure. Despite its advantages, the large surface area of the vehicle’s wing makes it susceptible to wind disturbances, which prohibits safe taxiing, take-off and landing. Our approach to mitigate these effects is combining advanced wind estimation methods and predictive control algorithms into a counter-gust system.