probe and drogue

probe and drogue

probe and drogue
One of the methods for in-flight refueling.
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The initial hose length before the contact of the probe and drogue is set as 14.3 m here.
Indeed, this kind of tracking performance is expected, because we always expect the hose-drogue to keep stable even with the perturbed contact process of probe and drogue in AAR.
Probe and drogue refuelling hardware was mounted on the two robots to replicate the large range of relative motion in the final approach to refuelling.
Revising the Air Force's conventional JSF aircraft refueling method from a boom to a probe and drogue would require modifying most of its current KC-135 tanker aircraft at an estimated cost of $2.5-$3.5 billion according to the Air Force.
Equipped with the probe and drogue system, the AV-8B is able to take advantage of Marine KC-130, Navy S-3 and Air Force KC-10 tankers or other compatible allied tankers within the area of operations.
One critical stage of PDARS in the air refueling process is the docking of the probe and drogue [5].
One of the keys to the success of aerial refueling for PDARS is the successful docking between the probe and drogue. The study of probe-drogue docking success probability offers an important support to achieving successful docking.
It should be noted that there are references about how to decrease bow wave effect by appropriately locating probe and drogue in practice, such as [27] that proposed a drogue dynamic model under bow wave effect in probe and drogue aerial refueling, which can describe the drogue dynamics during the docking stage and be applicable to a docking controller design to overcome the bow wave effect actively.
Cai, "A survey on modeling and control problems for probe and drogue autonomous aerial refueling at docking stage," Acta Aeronautica et Astronautica Sinica, vol.
Campa, "Vision-based autonomous probe and drogue aerial refueling," in Proceedings of the 14th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, (MED '06), Ancona, Italy, June 2006.