Professional Education Course

Guidance, Navigation and Control: Theory and Applications

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Course Title: Guidance, Navigation and Control: Theory and Applications
Program ID: DEF 1004P Subjects: Airborne & Space, Modeling & Simulation


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Course Description

Understand the principles of navigation by inertial, celestial, and radio (including GPS) methods, the principles of guidance and control of 6-DOF motion, the characteristics and noise models of sensors, and the dynamic behavior of controlled and guided systems.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and scientists involved in the design or evaluation of guidance, navigation, and control systems for land, sea, and air vehicles, and projectiles

How You Will Benefit

  • Discover how sensor errors arise, propagate, and are modeled & simulated
  • Understand the Kalman Filter and concepts of Estimation Theory
  • Master the kinematics and dynamics of 6-DOF motion
  • Explore principles of Geodesy and the WGS-84 datum
  • Examine systems for navigation on the Earth
  • Understand gyro and accelerometer principles and error sources
  • Learn the techniques of missile guidance

What Is Covered

  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Probability, Random Processes, and the Kalman Filter
  • The Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control of 6-DOF Motion
  • Navigation by Star Sights, Inertial Systems, and Radio Systems (e.g. GPS)
  • Inertial Sensors
  • Missile Guidance

Course Materials

Participants receive a notebook with lecture notes.


A degree in engineering, math, or physics is suggested (but not required).

Course Administrator

Brian L. Stevens

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