Research & Technology Consulting





This course  presents new concepts and guidance laws for unmanned aerial vehicles. The rapidly increasing fleet of UAVs, along with the widening sphere of their applications, puts new problems before designers of the unmanned aerial vehicles. The more complicated problems are, the more sophisticated guidance is required. Advanced guidance algorithms development is essential and necessary for meeting new requirements with the increasing area of UAV applications and for defining future UAV concepts and associated critical technologies.   Guidance of the unmanned aerial vehicles differs from traditional missile guidance.  Its goal is different. Moreover, since   UAVs can perform variety of functions,  the goal  depends on  a concrete  area of their application. If  to perform simple scripted navigation functions such as waypoint following  UAVs can use missile guidance laws, for more complicated problems, e.g., for  refueling an aircraft,  the guidance problem becomes  a rendezvous-type problem.  The moving objects should be on a fixed distance  and their velocities should coincide. To address a wide class of guidance problems for UAVs a more general guidance problem is formulated and a class of  guidance laws is developed.  The guidance law design is considered from the point of view of control theory, i.e., as design of  controls guiding missiles to hit  targets.  Guidance laws design is considered as design of controls. A class of  guidance laws is obtained based on Lyapunov approach.


·      Basics of  Missile Guidance. Parallel Navigation

·    Control of Lateral Motion 

·     Control of Longitudinal and Lateral Motions 

·     Vision Based Navigation

·     Guidance Laws Based on Lyapunov Approach 

·     Generalized Guidance Laws for UAVs

·      Obstacle Avoidance Algorithms

·      Guidance of a Swarm of UAVs

·      UAV Dynamics

·      UAV Simulation Models

·   Integrated Design

·   An Example of  a UAV's Guidance Law Design


This course was taught at NICTA (Australia, 2011).

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