New insights on Aerodynamic Aspects for Model-based Navigation

© 2024 EPFL

© 2024 EPFL

PhD candidate Pasquale Longobardi, of EPFL’s Environmental Sensing Observatory (ESO) presents the latest advancements on model-based navigation for flying wings in an article in the CEAS Aeronautical Journal.

Pasquale Longobardi, a PhD candidate at the Environmental Sensing Observatory (ESO), has recently published parts of his research results in the CEAS Aeronautical Journal. The article introduces an experimental procedure aimed at determining the aerodynamic model structure of a delta-wing UAV tailored for model-based autonomous navigation in GNSS-challenged environments.

This article sheds light on one aspect of Longobardi’s research, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jan Skaloud, focusing on refining model-based navigation techniques for delta-wing UAVs, commonly referred to as flying wings.

Pasquale Longobardi recently successfully defended his PhD thesis and has been nominated for the thesis distinction award at the Robotics, Control, and Intelligent System doctoral school (EDRS). As a closure to his academic journey, he will publicly defend his research on May 24th at the EPFL campus, offering an opportunity for the academic community to learn about advancements in model-based navigation.


Longobardi, P., Skaloud, J. Aerodynamic modeling of a delta-wing UAV for model-based navigation. CEAS Aeronaut J 15, 283–301 (2024).