Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Research article
11 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 11 Jan 2021

An approach to minimize aircraft motion bias in multi-hole probe wind measurements made by small unmanned aerial systems

Loiy Al-Ghussain and Sean C. C. Bailey

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Unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with multi-hole probes are an effective approach to measure the wind vector with high spatial and temporal resolution. However, the aircraft motion must be removed from the measured signal first, a process often introducing bias due to small errors in the relative orientation of coordinates. We present an approach that has successfully been applied in post-processing, which was found to minimize the influence of aircraft motion on wind measurements.