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Flight Control Systems for fuel efficient wake surfing
Citation key Luckner2020fuel
Author Michael A. Niestroy and Robert Luckner and Andre Koloschin and Nelson Brown and Curtis E. Hanson and Carsten Doll
Title of Book AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Year 2020
DOI 10.2514/6.2020-1003
Abstract This paper gives an overview of a flight control architecture developed during studies for a trail aircraft flying in formation with a leading aircraft in order to save fuel, commonly referred to as air wake surfing for efficiency (AWSE). The paper starts with an overview of the motivation for formation flight followed by a generic flight control architecture and accompanying algorithms that achieve formation flight. Finally, a summary of some of the results from simulation of a formation of turboprop transport aircraft and formations of a tanker or high-speed transport aircraft with fourth generation fighters is presented.
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