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Application of UAVs unmanned aerial vehicles for tropical cyclone missions is an emerging areaof research and recent advances include the concept of spinsonde for multi-cycle measurement ofvertical wind profile within the storm. This work proposes the design of a typhoon UAV as part of acost-effective approach for acquiring atmospheric data to improve prediction and refine models.Land- and carrier-based flight schemes are proposed in this study and computer simulations arecarried out to investigate the flight performance. Results suggest that the UAV achieves a maximumcruising speed in excess of 350 km·h-1 with excellent spinsonde performance. Furthermore,the UAV is capable of performing high-alpha maneuvers as well as vertical landing, thus renderingit suitable for space-efficient operation whether on land or aircraft carrier.


Tropical Cyclone, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Spinsonde, Vertical Wind Profile, Vertical Landing, High-Alpha Maneuvers

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Poh, C.-K. and Poh, C.-H. 2016 Journey to the Typhoon. Advances in Aerospace Science and Technology, 1, 21-31.

Autor: Chung-Kiak Poh*, Chung-How Poh



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