Precision Stabilized Pointing and Tracking Systems

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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 learner how to integrate the diverse set of multi-disciplined engineering technologies, components, and system configurations required in order to ensure 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 learner to assess which are most applicable to his or her particular application, and apply them as necessary.

Course Content


  • Definitions and systems concepts
  • Review of control systems principles


  • Basic mass-stabilization and other LOS control techniques
  • Disturbance processes
  • Multi-axis kinematics and dynamics
  • Mirror-stabilized LOS control


  • Structural considerations
  • Precision electro-mechanical trunnion and gimbal design


  • Sensor and sensor systems
  • Tracking systems
  • Pointing and scanning systems


  • Simulation and analysis tools and techniques
  • Test and alignment tools and techniques

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for 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.

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What You Will Learn

  • System concepts and requirements
  • Key control systems techniques and basic mass-stabilized system design
  • Multi-axis kinematics and dynamics
  • Structural considerations
  • Gear and band driven
  • Momentum wheel
  • Mirror stabilization and pointing systems
  • Key sensors, actuators, and other critical components and subsystems
  • Spacecraft system components and techniques
  • Pointing and scanning system design
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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.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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