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Hartjes, S. (author), van Hellenberg Hubar, Marco (author), Visser, H.G. (author)
In this paper a tool is developed that optimizes the trajectories of multiple airliners that seek to join in formation to minimize overall fuel consumption or direct operating cost. The developed optimization framework relies on optimal control theory to solve the multiple-phase optimization problem associated to flight formation assembly. A...
journal article 2018
Hartjes, S. (author), Visser, H.G. (author), van Hellenberg Hubar, Marco E.G. (author)
This paper presents a trajectory optimization study that has been conducted using a recently developed tool for the synthesis and analysis of extended flight formations of long-haul commercial aircraft, with the aim to minimize overall fuel consumption. In extended flight formations, trailing aircraft can attain an appreciable reduction in...
journal article 2019