Precision Stabilized Pointing and Tracking Systems

Course Description

Inertial stabilization, pointing and tracking systems are designed to control the line-of-sight of an ever increasing array of sensors, weapons and other payloads of all sizes used in scientific, military or commercial endeavors. Typical system configurations range from simple and almost crude to some of the most intricate and precise mechanisms ever devised by humans. This course is designed to teach the student how to integrate the diverse set of multi-disciplined engineering technologies, components and system configurations required in order to insure a successful system design for a given application. Taught primarily from a systems engineering viewpoint, the course includes sufficient detail in each of the technological disciplines involved to allow the student to assess which are most applicable to his or her particular application and apply them as necessary.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jul 10, 2018 Jul 12, 2018 Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695 18274
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15226 Jun 23, 2015 Jun 25, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
16091 Jun 21, 2016 Jun 23, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
17032 Jun 20, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Who Should Attend

Program managers, marketing personnel, systems analysts, engineers, professors and others who have a need to understand how inertial stabilization, pointing and tracking systems are configured, designed, integrated and used

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the terminology, concepts and basic systems requirements for controlling the line-of-sight of various sensors and other payloads.

  • Be familiar with typical system configurations and critical component characteristics required in the design of stabilized pointing and tracking systems along with an introduction to some more advanced concepts.

  • Understand how the system kinematics/dynamics, structural characteristics and various classes of disturbances affect system performance.

  • Gain knowledge about the control system and algorithm techniques and practices commonly utilized in the design of these systems.


  • System concepts and requirements

  • Review of key control systems techniques

  • Basic mass stabilized system design

  • Multi-axis kinematics and dynamics

  • Structural considerations

  • Gear/band driven systems

  • Momentum wheel systems

  • Mirror stabilization and pointing systems

  • Key sensors, actuators and other critical components and subsystems

  • Spacecraft system components and techniques

  • Pointing and scanning system design

  • Tracking system design

  • Alternative and augmentation techniques

  • Test and alignment considerations

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: James Teague, Ph.D.