Fundamentals of Launch Vehicle Flight Control System Design

This presentation is intended to be an introductory overview of launch vehicle guidance, navigation and control for ascent. We will look at the big picture of how these three disciplines are interconnected in a launch vehicle design, and we will look at the flow of the design process. We will see how GN&C design relies on and influences many project stakeholders. Then we will look at each of the three disciplines, individually. Some key issues and design implementations will be pointed out in each of the three disciplines. Recent experiences from Ares I design will be used to illustrate some of the concepts.

Presenters: John Rakoczy