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Integrated Onboard and Real-Time Targeting, Guidance, Navigation and Control Functions for Autonomous Aerospace Systems

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Date:  Thu, September 17, 2020
Time:  3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:  online, contact CoE or for link
Speaker:  Dilmurat Azimov, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

A presentation of the UH Manoa College of Engineering Aerospace Engineering Program Seminar Series

The goals for space exploration suggest the development of new fundamental concepts and methods for design and implementation of on-board flight software systems. This talk will focus on the guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems that enable aerospace vehicles with new capabilities, such as real-time targeting and re-targeting. Ongoing research and its results as well as the future studies in the design and development of integrated targeting, guidance, navigation and control (TGNC) functions and systems for a wide range of automatic aerospace maneuvers are outlined. The recent results demonstrate the advantages of the TGNC systems compared to conventional GNC systems of various flight vehicles, benefits of application of optimal control solutions, increased autonomy of flight vehicles, eciency of the maneuvers, and advanced mission characteristics enabled by the proposed systems. Potential research problems in the design, development and validation of such systems are discussed.

Aerospace Engineering Program in University of Hawaii at Manoa: The Aerospace Engineering Program (AEP) is the newly established Program at the UH Manoa College of Engineering (CoE). It aims to address technological and educational concerns and challenges in aeronautics and space exploration, thereby contributing to the integration of Aerospace Engineering research and education in Hawaii. It supports the recently established Aerospace Engineering track of the CoE’s Engineering Sciences Program with corresponding educational curriculum. This Seminar Series is one of the AEP’s efforts dedicated to disseminating and promoting research and knowledge in a wide range of areas of Aerospace Engineering (

Bio: Dilmurat Azimov works in the areas of trajectory optimization, guidance, navigation and control of flight vehicles, optimal control and orbit determination using observations. His expertise includes derivation of the analytical solutions for optimal control problems, and their application in mission design, development and implementation of guidance, control and targeting schemes. He received his PhD in “Mechanics” from the University of Peoples Friendship in Moscow in 1992, and his DSc in “Dynamics, Ballistics and Flight Vehicle Control” from Moscow Aviation Institute in 2008. In 1999-2011, he served as Research Fellow, Research Engineer and Scientist Associate for the University of Texas at Austin. From 2008 to 2009 he briefly worked as Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer at Emergent Space Technologies, Inc. In 2012 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since July of 2018 Dilmurat Azimov has been serving as an Associate Professor of the same Department.

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