USAF TPS L-23 Shear Wind Observed Optimized Path Investigation for NASA (SENIOR ShWOOPIN)
Final technical information memo. 15 Mar-3 May 2006
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA
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The SENIOR ShWOOPIN TMP was conducted at the request of the USAF TPS as part of a NASA investigation into the viability of aircraft endurance enhancement through the extraction of energy from horizontal wind gradients. Eighty-eight test sorties were performed from 15 March -3 May 2006 under Job Order Number JON M06C0100. The six member SENIOR ShWOOPlN test team from TPS Class OSE performed the testing at the North Base facilities of Edwards AFB. Flight testing gathered sailplane flight state and energy height data during the course of several Dynamic Soaring maneuvers through horizontal wind shears as well as calm winds. Data were recorded and reduced post flight.