19 October 2012 Determining wind fields in atmospheric mountain waves using sailplane flight data
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The problem of estimating wind velocities from limited flight data recordings is considered, with application to sailplane flights in high-altitude atmospheric mountain waves. Sailplane flight recorders routinely measure only GPS position and the problem is highly underdetermined. The nature of this problem is studied and a maximum a posteriori estimator is developed using prior information on the wind velocity and the sailplane airspeed and heading. The method is tested by simulation and by application to sailplane flight data.
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Ni Zhang, Rick P. Millane, Einar Enevoldson, James E. Murray, "Determining wind fields in atmospheric mountain waves using sailplane flight data", Proc. SPIE 8500, Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VII, 85000S (19 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930928; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.930928
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