Aerospace Control Systems

Spacecraft GNC Systems Engineering

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This recently expanded 3.5-day course provides a detailed introduction to spacecraft attitude estimation and control. This course emphasizes many practical aspects of attitude control system design but with a solid theoretical foundation. The principles of operation and characteristics of attitude sensors and actuators are discussed. Spacecraft kinematics and dynamics are developed for use in control design and system simulation. Attitude determination methods are discussed in detail, including TRIAD, QUEST, and Kalman filters. Sensor alignment and calibration are also covered, as well as various types of spacecraft pointing controllers, design and analysis methods. Students should have an engineering background including calculus and linear algebra. Sufficient background mathematics and control theory are presented in the course but is kept to the minimum necessary.

More information about the Attitude Determination and Control course can be found on the ATI website.

The next scheduled dates for public offerings of this course are 1215 September 2011 in Los Angeles, CA and 710 November 2011 in Columbia, MD. It is also scheduled for 5 – 8 March 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia (near Dulles Airport).