In this highly structured 4-day short course - specifically tailored to the needs of busy engineers, scientists, managers, and aerospace professionals - Thomas S. Logsdon will provide you with new insights into the modern guidance, navigation, and control techniques now being perfected at key research centers around the globe.
The various topics are illustrated with powerful analogies, full-color sketches, block diagrams, simple one-page derivations highlighting their salient features, and numerical examples that employ inputs from today's battlefield rockets, orbiting satellites, and deep-space missions. These lessons are carefully laid out to help you design and implement practical performance-optimal missions and test procedures.
Thomas S. Logsdon has accumulated more than 30 years experience with the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research projects and consulting assignments have included the Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles, Project Skylab, and various deep space interplanetary probes and missions.
Mr. Logsdon has also worked extensively on the Navstar GPS, including military applications, constellation design and coverage studies. He has taught and lectured in 31 different countries on six continents and he has written and published 1.7 million words, including 29 technical books. His textbooks include
Striking It Rich in Space, Understanding the Navstar,
Mobile Communication Satellites, and Orbital
Mechanics: Theory and Applications.
Active and passive radionavigation systems. Pseudoranging solutions. Nanosecond timing accuracies. The quantum-mechanical principles of cesium and rubidium atomic clocks. Solving for the user's position.
Integrated Navigation Systems.
Intertial navigation. Gimballing and strapdown navigation. Open-loop and closed-loop implementations. Transfer alignment techniques. Kalman filters and their state variable selections. Test results.
Hardware Units for Inertial Navigation.
Solid-state accelerometers. Initializing today's strapdown inertial navigation systems. Coordinate rotations and direction cosine matrices. MEMS devices. The beautiful marriage between MEMS technology and the GPS. Spaceborne inertial navigation systems.
Military Applications of Integrated Navigation.
Translator implementations at military test ranges. Military performance specifications. Military test results. Tactical applications. The Trident Accuracy Improvement Program. Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Navigation Solutions and Kalman Filtering Techniques.
Ultra precise navigation solutions. Solving for the user's velocity. Evaluating the geometrical dilution of precision. Kalman filtering techniques. The covariance matrices and their physical interpretations. Typical state variable selections. Monte Carlo simulations.
Smart bombs, Guided Missiles, and Artillery Projectiles.
Beam-riders and their destructive potential. Smart bombs and their demonstrated accuracies. Smart and rugged artillery projectiles. The Paveway IV smart bombs.
Spaceborne Applications of Integrated Navigation Systems.
On-orbit position-fixing on early satellites. The Twin Grace satellites. Guiding tomorrow's booster rockets. Attitude determinations for
the International Space Station. Cesium fountain clocks in space. Relativistic corrections for radionavigation satellites.
Today's Guidance and Control for Deep Space Missions.
Putting ICBM's through their paces. Guiding tomorrow's highly demanding missions from the Earth to Mars. JPL's awesome new interplanetary pinball machines. JPL's deep space network. Autonomous robots swarming along the space frontier. Driving along tomorrow's unpaved freeways in the sky.
Tuition for this four-day course is $1940 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email