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Practice of GNC Profession For Successful Product Delivery

ATI's Guidance, Navigation & Control Engineering Course

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      This three-day course is for GNC career focused engineers, system engineers and those in program leadership roles passionate about achieving success from concept to production. GNC is taught as product development in the context of a much larger missile product. The course seeks to enhance the career potential of the attendees and multiply the value they return to their companies and customers. The course works through product developments in all major mission areas such as surface to air, air to ground, etc. The course covers GNC technology from the prospective of product insertion. The course flows from proposal preparation to transition to production using a different mission area for each phase.



      Dr. William H. Licata is a GNC Engineering Fellow with Raytheon Corporation and a Senior Member of IEEE. He has a Ph.D. in Control Theory from University of Maryland and 40+ years of experience in Defense both with the Government and Industry. He has worked on major programs for all military services in most mission areas and currently focuses on Missile Defense Interceptors. His career spans concept development to production. He holds several patents in the GNC area and has given lectures both In the USA and Internationally. His experience covers missiles such as AGM-130 and Hellfire, large Interceptors such as KEI and guided projectes such as TERM.

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    What you will learn:

    • What is the role of the GNC engineer?
    • What defines success in a GNC product proposal and/or development?
    • What technologies are required to design a GNC product?
    • What role does software play in GNC?
    • What are the key requirements a GNC product must satisfy?
    • What are the functions a GNC product must perform with what hardware?
    • How is the performance of a GNC product verified?
    • What is important to manufacturing in a GNC design?

    From this course you will obtain the knowledge and practical skills to achieve success using and providing.

    Course Outline:

    1. GNC Short Course Within a Short Course GNC as Architecture - A generic GNC architecture is presented that introduces GNC as a multiloop control problem. The concepts of command and autonomous guidance are introduced. GNC Technologies - An introduction is presented to key GNC technologies including Autopilot, Navigation, Guidance, Seekers and Simulations. The role modern signal and image processing plays in these technologies is explained. Trends in these technologies are discussed. GNC Hardware - IMUs, INS, GPS, Infrared Sensors, Radar Sensors, Gimbals, Data Links and processors. Also discuss shock mounts and calibration hardware.

    2. GNC Need to Requirements to Concept Air to Ground Missile for Urban Warfare. The functions a GNC system must perform in a missile are introduced using the example of urban warfare. Mission environments including wind, weather, vibration and obscurants are introduced into the design. A set of GNC Requirements that will drive the GNC design is proposed. The concept of best value and Cost as An Independent Variable are introduced. Alternate designs from low cost to high cost will be discussed and the merits of each design. Class will be given opportunity to propose their own designs.

    3. GNC Concept to Design Ballistic Missile Interceptor. A BMD Interceptor concept will be introduced to demonstrate design of Autopilot, selection and placement of IMUs, plus introduction of Kill Vehicle. Discuss bending modes and staging events plus control on burnout velocity. Vehicle guidance. This session discusses Zero Effort Miss and the guidance laws used at different phases of flight from insertion to target acquisition and intercept. Infrared Seeker design for hit to kill covering non-uniformity correction, focal plane array cooldown, single and dual color sensors. Target detection, object tracking and target recognition.

    4. GNC Design Verification Guided Projectile. 6 DOF simulation as a design and requirements verification tool. Coordinate frames, aerodynamics, atmosphere model, target models, etc. Non-Real time and Real Time simulation. SWIL & HWIL Testing. Bench testing and Captive Carry. Verification and Validation of simulation. Matching test data and test cases.

    5. Design to Flight Test Air to Air Missile. Aircraft interface and Inflight alignment of IMU to aircraft IMU on a flexible structure. Velocity match with and without GPS. GPS antenna placement on missile. Masking of GPS signals by aircraft wing. Safe separation from aircraft. Wind tunnel tests to determine flow field around aircraft wing. Verifying safe separation. Helicopter blade downwash. Range safety deliverables. Range instrumentation and data collection for GNC simulation validation. Flight reconstruction from test data.

    6. GNC Product Transition to Manufacturing Radar Guided Smart Bomb. Factory acceptance testing of GNC hardware. Testing IMUs and GPS in factory. Outdoor ranges and radar test targets. Key assembly steps. Mission special design issues. EMI/EMC, storage life, software assurance, commercial parts, reliability and supportability.


      Tuition for this three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to