Guidance and Control of Hypersonic Vehicles – Online Short Course (Starts September 3, 2024) 3 September - 26 September 2024 Online

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Guidance and Control of Hypersonic Vehicles

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Instructed by Bong Wie, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University

  • From September 3 – September 26, 2024 (4 Weeks, 8 Lectures, 16 Total Hours)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • This course presents a comprehensive overview of the recent, emerging technological advances in hypersonic flight vehicles, with an emphasis on solving a variety of guidance and control problems of hypersonic vehicles.
  • It includes numerous illustrative GN&C design examples of various hypersonic vehicles, such as hypersonic aircraft/missiles, Mars hypersonic entry vehicles, hypersonic reentry vehicles, and hypersonic missile interceptors, to enhance the learning experience.
  • All students will receive a copy of MATLAB code employing the numerical predictor-corrector guidance algorithm as applied to various hypersonic entry guidance problems.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

This course is intended for GN&C engineers, researchers, and graduate students, who are interested in a comprehensive overview of guidance, control, and flight dynamics of hypersonic vehicles. This course presents a variety of numerical case study examples of hypersonic GN&C analysis, design, and simulation. The recent advances in GN&C systems design for hypersonic aircraft/missiles, including the emerging, technically challenging problem of intercepting hypersonic maneuvering glide vehicles, will also be presented.


  • GN&C overview for hypersonic glide vehicles (HGV), hypersonic cruise missiles (HCM), etc.
  • The basic physical concepts and mathematical tools required for the dynamical modeling, analysis, design, and simulation of GN&C systems of hypersonic aircraft/missiles
  • Nonlinear 3-DOF and 6-DOF equations of motion of hypersonic flight vehicles
  • Linearized flight dynamic models of hypersonic aircraft/missiles (dx/dt = Ax + Bu)
  • Conventional missile guidance laws and hypersonic entry guidance algorithms
  • Numerical case studies of various hypersonic vehicles (Mars ED&L missions, Apollo 10 reentry, HGV/HCM guidance, hypersonic missile interceptors, etc.) by utilizing a MATLAB package that employs the numerical predictor-corrector guidance algorithm. 
  • [See below for detailed outline]

AUDIENCE:  This course is intended for GN&C engineers/researchers, flight dynamics/control engineers, hypersonic technical program managers, and/or graduate students, who want to enhance their basic understanding of GN&C and flight dynamics of hypersonic vehicles such as HGV, HCM, and hypersonic interceptors.    

COURSE FEES (Sign-In To Register)
- AIAA Member Price: $995 USD
- Non-Member Price: $1,195 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $495 USD

Classroom hours / CEUs: 16 classroom hours, 1.6 CEU/PDH

Cancellation Policy: A refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 7 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.

ContactPlease contact Lisa Le or Customer Service if you have questions about the course or group discounts (for 5+ participants).

  • Class 1:  Introduction to Hypersonic Vehicles (2 hrs)
    • Historical Overview of Hypersonic Vehicles (X-15, X-30, X-43, CAV, X-51, HAWC, etc.)
    • Overview of Atmospheric Entry Guidance (Lectures 5, 6, 7, and 8)
  • Class 2:  Introduction to Guidance and Control Systems (2 hrs)
    • GN&C Systems of Flight Vehicles
    • Flight Control of Hypersonic Aircraft
  • Class 3:  Fundamentals of ADCS, DACS, and Navigation (2 hrs)
    • ADCS (Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem)
    • DACS (Divert and Attitude Control Subsystem)
    • Strapdown Inertial Navigation
  • Class 4: Conventional Missile Guidance Algorithms (2 hrs)
    • Introduction to Missile Guidance and Control Systems
    • PN Guidance and Its variants
    • Predictive/Explicit Guidance
    • Optimal Feedback Guidance
    • ZEM/ZEV Feedback Guidance and Its Variants
    • Impact Time Control (ITC) Guidance
    • Impact Time and Angle Control (ITAC) Guidance
  • Class 5: Hypersonic Entry Guidance Algorithms (2 hrs)
    • 3-DOF Entry Guidance Design Model
    • Open-Loop Guidance vs Closed-Loop Feedback Guidance
    • Numerical Predictor-Corrector Guidance (NPCG) Algorithm
    • Bank Reversal Algorithms for Crossrange Control
  • Class 6:  Hypersonic Entry Guidance for Mars ED&L Missions (2 hrs)
    • Mars Robotic ED&L (Case Study #1)
    • Mars Human ED&L (Case Study #2)
  • Class 7:  Hypersonic Reentry Guidance for Apollo 10 Mission (2 hrs)
    • Historical Overview of Apollo 10 Reentry
    • Apollo 10 Reentry Guidance Design (Case Study #3)
  • Class 8:  HGV Entry Guidance and Counter Hypersonics (2 hrs)
    • Baseline HGV Entry Guidance (Case Study #4)
    • Advanced HGV Entry Guidance for Avoiding No-Fly Zones (Case Study #5)
    • Anti-Ballistic Intercept Missile Guidance
    • Introduction to Counter Hypersonics (SM-3, Glide Breaker, GPI, SM-6, etc.)

Course Delivery and Materials

  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here:
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7. All slides will be available for download after each lecture.
  • No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures, the instructors will be available via email for technical questions and comments.

Bong Wie is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Seoul National University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. In 2006 he received AIAA’s Mechanics and Control of Flight Award for his innovative research on advanced control of complex spacecraft such as solar sails, large flexible structures, and agile imaging satellites equipped with control moment gyros. He is the author of two AIAA textbooks: “Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control (2nd edition, 2008)” and “Space Vehicle Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics (2015).” He has published 210 technical papers including 80 journal articles.  He has three US patents on singularity-avoidance steering logic of control moment gyros. In early 2010s, he was actively involved in guidance, control, and astrodynamics research for deflecting or disrupting hazardous near-Earth objects (NEO).     From 2011-2014, he was a NIAC (NASA Advanced Innovative Concepts) Fellow for developing an innovative solution to NASA’s NEO impact threat mitigation grand challenge and its flight validation mission design.  His NIAC study effort has resulted in two distinct concepts for effectively disrupting   hazardous asteroids with short warning time, called a hypervelocity asteroid intercept vehicle (HAIV) and a multiple kinetic-energy impactor vehicle (MKIV). During late 2010s, his research focused on further developing the ZEM/ZEV feedback guidance strategies for robotic/human Mars precision powered descent & landing with hazard avoidance and retargeting.  He is currently exploring a technically challenging, guidance problem of hypersonic missiles/vehicles and an advanced guidance problem of missiles with precision impact time and angle control (ITAC) requirements. He is co-Editor of Astrodynamics, an international journal established in 2018. The following on-demand short courses of Dr. Wie are available from AIAA:


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