Empirical evaluation of a Q-Learning Algorithm for Model-free Autonomous Soaring

18 Jul 2017Erwan LecarpentierSebastian RappMarc MeloEmmanuel Rachelson

Autonomous unpowered flight is a challenge for control and guidance systems: all the energy the aircraft might use during flight has to be harvested directly from the atmosphere. We investigate the design of an algorithm that optimizes the closed-loop control of a glider's bank and sideslip angles, while flying in the lower convective layer of the atmosphere in order to increase its mission endurance... (read more)

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