This paper explores the impact ground delay can have on designing and executing rendezvous operations such as formation flight. For a given formation pairing the route is fixed, speed policies are then generated to compensate for uncertainty in take-off times. Value Iteration is used to solve both the deterministic and stochastic Dynamic Programming problem for an entire state-space. The final optimal policies determine what course of action aircraft should take for any realization of delay. Finally a comparative case study shows that even with delay, formation flights can reach expected savings of 6.1% against flying solo.
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jul 2014|
|Event||2014 UKACC International Conference on Control - Loughborough, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Jul 2014 → 11 Jul 2014
|Conference||2014 UKACC International Conference on Control|
|Period||9/07/14 → 11/07/14|
Kent, T. E., & Richards, A. G. (2014). Accounting for the Effect of Ground Delay on Commercial Formation Flight. Paper presented at 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control, Loughborough, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2014.6915123