Optimal Trajectory Planning for Hot-Air Balloons in Linear Wind Fields

  title={Optimal Trajectory Planning for Hot-Air Balloons in Linear Wind Fields},
  author={Tuhin Das and Ranjan Mukherjee and Jonathan M. Cameron},
  journal={Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics},
The altitude of hot-air balloons is controlled by heating the air trapped inside the balloon and allowing the air to cool naturally. Apart from controlling the altitude, it is desirable to utilize the wind e eld to position the balloon at a target location while minimizing fuel consumption. This can be posed as an optimal control problem with free end states, where the heat input to the system is the control variable. The problem is intractable because of the switching nature of the heat input… Expand
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