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Measuring Wind Speed Using the Internal Stabilization System of a Quadrotor Drone

Department of Physics and Technology, UiT—The Arctic University of Norway, P.O. Box 6050, Langnes, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway
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Drones 2020, 4(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4020023
Received: 21 May 2020 / Revised: 11 June 2020 / Accepted: 11 June 2020 / Published: 16 June 2020
This article proposes a method of measuring wind speed using the data logged by the autopilot of a quadrotor drone. Theoretical equations from works on quadrotor control are utilized and supplemented to form the theoretical framework. Static thrust tests provide the necessary parameters for calculating wind estimates. Flight tests were conducted at a test site with laminar wind conditions with the quadrotor hovering next to a static 2D ultrasonic anemometer with wind speeds between 0–5 m/s. Horizontal wind estimates achieve exceptionally good results with root mean square error (RMSE) values between 0.26–0.29 m/s for wind speed, as well as between 4.1–4.9 for wind direction. The flexibility of this new method simplifies the process, decreases the cost, and adds new application areas for wind measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind measurement; anemometer; UAV; drone; quadrotor; static thrust test; Pixhawk wind measurement; anemometer; UAV; drone; quadrotor; static thrust test; Pixhawk
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Simma, M.; Mjøen, H.; Boström, T. Measuring Wind Speed Using the Internal Stabilization System of a Quadrotor Drone. Drones 2020, 4, 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4020023

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Simma M, Mjøen H, Boström T. Measuring Wind Speed Using the Internal Stabilization System of a Quadrotor Drone. Drones. 2020; 4(2):23. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4020023

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Simma, Magdalena; Mjøen, Håvard; Boström, Tobias. 2020. "Measuring Wind Speed Using the Internal Stabilization System of a Quadrotor Drone" Drones 4, no. 2: 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4020023

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