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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Flight Plan for Soaring

From: Todd Sandercock
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Flight Plan for Soaring
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:09:17 -0800 (PST)

As a glider pilot I will say now that there is a lot more to soaring than just turning in an updraft.... You may want to do some research into thermal centring techniques first. This link is a pretty good start:

Also there  is a couple of papers floating around the internet from NASA where the experiment with autonomous soaring. Very good reference:

This is just a start....


From: Reto Büttner <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden
Sent: Mon, 28 February, 2011 9:33:22 AM
Subject: [Paparazzi-devel] Flight Plan for Soaring

Hi guys,

for autonomous soaring I want the plane to circle, as long as it is in
an updraft. Will a statement similar to the following work?

<circle radius="50" until="estimator_vz < 0.0" wp="WP" throttle="0.0"
pitch="-5" vmode="throttle"/>

Does the variable estimator_vz exist?

Has someone in the paparazzi community already programmed a flight
plan for autonomous soaring?


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