Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles



Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Author : Rafael Yanushevsky
Year : 2011
BookType : Hardback
Pages : 358
ISBN : 9781439850954

Language– English

Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by  Rafael Yanushevsky.


Written by an expert with more than 30 years of experience, Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles contains new analytical results, taken from the author’s research, which can be used for analysis and design of unmanned aerial vehicles guidance and control systems. This book progresses from a clear elucidation of guidance laws and unmanned aerial vehicle dynamics to the modeling of their guidance and control systems.


Special attention is paid to guidance of autonomous UAVs, which differs from traditional missile guidance. The author explains UAV applications, contrasting them to a missile’s limited ability (or inability) to control axial acceleration. The discussion of guidance laws for UAVs presents a generalization of missile guidance laws developed by the author. The computational algorithms behind these laws are tested in three applications—for the surveillance problem, the refueling problem, and for the motion control of a swarm of UAVs. The procedure of choosing and testing the guidance laws is also considered in an example of future generation of airborne interceptors launched from UAVs.

About the Author

Rafael Yanushevsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received a BS in mathematics and a MS (with honors) in electro mechanical engineering from Kiev University and the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, respectively. He earned a Ph.D in optimization of multivariable systems in 1968 from the Institute of Control Sciences of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. After immigration to the United States in December 1987, he started teaching at the University of Maryland, first in the Department of Electrical Engineering, then in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, He also taught at the University of the District of Columbia in the Department of Mathematics. Since 1999, Dr. Yanushevsky has been involved in projects related to the aerospace industry.



Additional information

Dimensions 15.74 × 23.36 cm


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