Wind Measurement System Using Miniaturized Navigation Sensors for Light Aircraft and Sailplanes
An on-board wind measurement system is presented which is based on a new approach for determining wind speed and direction. This new approach uses data from a navigation system for determining the angles of attack and sideslip so that no dedicated aerodynamic sensors are required. Furthermore, the system can be realized using miniaturized hardware components yielding a low-cost solution. Efficient software, which contributes to the low-cost solution, has been developed for operating the system. Results from flight tests are presented for verification of the system.
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