Charles Blouin to present on the 19th!

And coming up next on the 19th May at 10:00am is Charles Blouin.  Again, we’ll be in CBY B012 and I’ve been told there will be master coffee making and expert cookie tasting to go along with the seminar.

Charles will be talking about “Trajectory Optimization for a Small Airship Using an Optimal Control Solver”.

Date: May 19th, 2015

Time: 10:00am

Location: CBY B012

Presented by: Charles Blouin, M.A.Sc. Candidate
Supervisors: Eric Lanteigne, Wail Gueaieb


Airships demonstrate long endurance and long range capabilities. Those characteristics make them ideal for telecommunication, surveillance and long endurance missions. To maximize flight time or reduce the time required to attain an objective, optimal trajectories are computed before a dirigible performs a maneuver. This seminar will demonstrate how the optimal trajectory problem can be formulated as a general optimization problem, and how it can be solved with a pseudo-spectral optimal control solver. Experimental and simulation results will be presented and discussed. In general, optimal control solvers can be used to optimize dynamical systems with respect to a performance index and subject to time varying inputs.

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