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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Outline - Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles



    Course Outline:

    I. Basics of Guidance
    A. Guidance Process
    B. Missile Guidance
    C. Guidance of Cruise Missiles and UAVs
    D. Representation of Motion
    E. Longitudinal and Lateral Motions 


    II. Control of Lateral Motion

    III. Parallel Navigation

    IV. Control of Longitudinal and Lateral Motions
    A. Guidance Correction Controls
    B. Lyapunov Approach to Control Law Design
    C. Bellman-Lyapunov Approach. Optimal Guidance Parameters
    D. Modified Linear Planar Model of Engagement
    E. General Planar Case
    F. Three-Dimensional Engagement Model
    G. Generalized Guidance Laws
    H. Modifies Generalized Guidance Laws

    V. Guidance of UAVs

    VI. Basic Guidance Laws and Vision Based Navigation
    A. Generalized Guidance Laws for UAVs
    B. Guidance of a Swarm of UAVs
    C. Obstacle Avoidance Algorithms

    VII. Testing Guidance Laws Performance
    A. Forces Acting on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    B. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Dynamics
    C. Autopilot and Actuator Model
    D. Filtering and Estimation
    E. Simulation Models of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
    1. 3-DOF Simulation Models
    2. 6-DOF Simulation Models
    3. Examples of simulation results related to Waypoint problem, Rendezvous
    a) Problem, Conditional Rendezvous Problem, Guidance of a Swarm of UAVs,
    b) and Obstacle Avoidance Problem