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Kabamba and Girard co-author Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance

Aerospace professors Anouck Girard and Pierre Kabamba publish a new book, Fundamental of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance.| Short Read

Aerospace professors Anouck Girard and Pierre Kabamba publish a new book, Fundamental of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance. The text covers fundamentals used in the navigation and guidance of modern aerospace vehicles, in both atmospheric and space flight. It can be used as a textbook supporting a graduate-level course on aerospace navigation and guidance, a guide for self-study, or a resource for practicing engineers and researches.

It begins with an introduction that discusses why navigation and guidance ought to be considered together and delineates the class of the systems of interest in navigation and guidance. The book then presents the necessary fundamental in deterministic and stochastic systems theory and applies them to navigation. Next, the book considers guidance problems under a variety of assumptions, leading to the scenarios of homing, ballistic and midcourse guidance. Then, the book treats optimization and optimal control for application in optimal guidance. In the final chapter, the book introduces problems in which two competing controls exercise authority over a system, leading to differential games. Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance features examples illustrating concepts and homework problems at the end of all chapters.

The book can be purchased at Amazon.com.

About the authors…

Pierre T. Kabamba is currently a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1981 and joined the University of Michigan in 1983. His area of teaching and research is flight dynamics and control systems. His awards include the Class of 1938 E Distinguished Service Award (from the University of Michigan), a Best paper Special Award (from the Society of Instrumentation and Control Engineers, Japan), and election to the rank of Fellow IEEE. He is the co-author of the text book Quasilinear Control (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Anouck R. Girard is currently an associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. She received a PhD in ocean engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 and joined the University of Michigan in 2006. Her area of teaching and research is flight dynamics and control systems. Her awards include the Silver Shaft Teaching Award (from the University of Michigan) and a Best Student paper (from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

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