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Introduction to Guidance, Navigation & Control

Course Description

The course, presented by Dr Brian Stevens and Dr Clayton Kerce is strongly oriented towards applications, and diagrams will be used extensively to explain the principles. Examples of practical systems will be given and, whenever possible, numerical simulations will be used to illustrate dynamic behavior. Historical evolution of systems will be described when appropriate

Target Audience

In this introductory course we will assume no prior knowledge of GNC, the only prerequisites will be a mathematical background that includes Ordinary Differential Equations, simple manipulation of Vectors and Matrices, and Laplace Transforms, at the level of a first degree in Engineering or Physics.

Course Outline

What is GNC ?

History; Scope; Examples

Vehicle Kinematics:

Vector notation. Coordinate rotations. Equations for Angular Motion; Gyro example.
Equations for Translation; Coriolis example.

Vehicle Dynamics

Equations of motion. Free and forced motion. Gyroscopic effects; Precession; Spin-Stabilization.
Aerodynamic force and moment models. Examples

Noise Filtering in GNC Systems.

Summary of Probability and Random processes. Noise in sensors, and its effect. Filtering; Filter types. Introduction to the Kalman Filter.

Terrestrial Navigation

The WGS-84 Spheroid. Coordinate Systems. Gravity and Gravitation. Mapping.Distances over the Earth.

Radio Navigation Systems

Range Bearing Systems. Position Fixing Systems intro. to GPS

Inertial Navigation Principles

Gyroscopes and platform stabilization. Accelerometers and Specific Force. Gravity and the Vertical.
System block diagrams equations.

Control of GNC Systems

Transform and State-Space formulations, some analysis and design techniques.
Equilibrium and Linearization.



The course is strongly oriented towards applications, and diagrams will be used extensively to explain the principles. Examples of practical systems will be given and, whenever possible, numerical simulations will be used to illustrate dynamic behavior.Historical evolution of systems will be described when appropriate.

Course Details

Course start Thu 1st January 2015
Course end Thu 31st December 2015
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