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Guidance, Navigation and Control Laboratory

Guidance technology is an important component of military vehicles, especially spacecraft. Desiging advanced guidance systems architecture and supporting algorithms is the main focus of this Lab. During the recent years, a significant breakthrough was achieved by a revolutionary approach to the design of feedback laws. In this approach, the "laws" are determined on-line with an adaptive nonlinear model instead of the traditional off-line design and implementation. This system can adapt to changing mission objectives while maintaining optimal performance. As an example, globally minimum-time slew maneuvers for flexible spacecraft with zero residual vibration is achieved by targeting the final state of the spacecraft to lie on a smooth manifold defined in terms of residual vibrations. Selected topics of the research projects in this lab include:



Spacecraft Attitude maneuvering



Trajectory Design for Reusable Launch Vehicles Reentry



Spacecraft Formation Flying



Obit Transfer