Welcome to the Dynamic Soaring Wiki
Dynamic soaring is a technique whereby horizontal wind that varies in strength or direction is used to support flight. Seabirds like albatrosses are known to travel hundreds of kilometers in a single day utilizing dynamic soaring. We are investigating the possibility of using dynamic soaring techniques and solar power to generate perpetual flight of a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the jet stream. This is a joint project between Lehigh University and Penn State University, and draws upon expertise in robotics, mechanical engineering, and aerospace engineering.