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Aerial Recovery

  • Overview 

    • The towing vehicle (mothership) enters an orbit designed to cause the towed body (drogue) to execute an orbit of smaller radius and lower speed. The Miniature Aerial Vehicle (MAV) then enters the drogue orbit at its nominal airspeed and overtakes the drogue with a relatively low closing speed. 

    • The objective of my research on this project is to develop innovative techniques to place the drogue onto a horizontally-flat orbit by maneuvering mothership's trajectory in the presence of wind. 

  • Team Members 
                    (Left to right) Joseph Nichols, Liang Sun, Jeff Ferrin, Neil Johnson, Mark Owen, Dallin Briggs.