Technical Problem Statement

  • Michail G. MichailidisEmail author
  • Kimon P. Valavanis
  • Matthew J. Rutherford
Part of the Springer Tracts in Autonomous Systems book series (STRAUS, volume 1)


This chapter presents necessary background related to UAV motion during flight, answering the fundamental question of what is the source of aerodynamic uncertainty through the aircraft equations of motion and the detailed breakdown of the aerodynamic coefficients. The basic UAV reference frames are presented, the control surfaces are introduced and the direct relation between the equations of motion and the aircraft aerodynamic coefficients is established. Finally, potential and existing real-life applications of UAVs with inherent uncertain aerodynamic parameters are demonstrated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michail G. Michailidis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kimon P. Valavanis
    • 1
  • Matthew J. Rutherford
    • 1
  1. 1.Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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