Progress in Flight Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation and Control – Volume 10

Volume presentation

The book contains 15 selected, revised, and thoroughly edited papers addressing various issues of flight dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control, written by eminent international experts. The papers include critical analyses of previous studies and of novel concepts, new theoretical and experimental results and findings as well as numerous references to archival publications worldwide.

The book is organized in 4 chapters: (1) Navigation and Orbit Determination; (2) Guidance and Control; (3) Optimization; and (4) Simulations and Operations. The volume was prepared as a reference for research scientists and practicing engineers from academy and industry, in the field of flight dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control.

EUCASS: The Association

The European Conference for Aero-Space Sciences, EUCASS ( is a nonprofit international association established in Belgium. It was founded in July 2006 to stimulate the development of pure and applied aerospace sciences in Europe. The purposes of EUCASS are scientific, technical, and educational. The association focuses on forefront science and cutting-edge technologies. It is at the service of Academia, Industry, Agencies, and other decision makers, by fostering communication and cooperation among them in order to reduce the time to the market for innovations. The association helps young scientists to find internships outside their countries of origin and supplies information on mobility and job opportunities. Last, it promotes a much-needed dialog between researchers and the governing bodies of Europe.

The base of EUCASS is the European Continent, Russia included. Members from all other countries are welcome. Today, the association counts in excess of 600 members from over 30 different countries. It is a member of the International Astronautical Association (IAF) and is partnering with European disciplinary associations ECCOMAS, ERCOFTAC, EUROMECH, EUROTURBO, and CEAS, the Council of European Aerospace Societies.

Among its notable activities, the EUCASS team has already organized six major first-ever conferences each attended by over 500 participants:

  • Moscow (July 2005) co-organized by ONERA and TsAGI with partial operational support from AAAF and the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Brussels (July 2007) co-organized by ULB and VKI;
  • Versailles (July 2009) organized by the ASTECH Cluster;
  • St. Petersburg (July 2011) jointly organized by TORUS PRESS and N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Munich (July 2013) co-organized by Technical University Munich and Astrium;
  • and Krakow (June July 2015) co-organized by Polish Space Agency and Carte Blanche.

Each conference included several parallel symposia, such as System Integration, Flight Physics, Flight Dynamics, Structures and Materials, and Propulsion Physics. In the organization of the above conferences, great attention was always paid to transdisciplinarity and to cross-fertilization between activities and between applications of any given technology to space and to aeronautics.

EUCASS has also launched high-level Aerospace Thematic Workshops dedicated to fundamental topics of promising potential for aerospace applications. The series on "Fundamentals of flow and combustion control by plasmas" was started in 2007 at Varenna, Italy, followed in 2009 and 2011 at Les Houches Physics School in France, then Aussois (2013) and Les Houches (2015). The sixth was completed in Pushkin, Russia, in 2017. A new and exciting series on "Collisions of fast particles with surfaces" started in Aussois in 2016.

The association's mission is not limited to organizing its biennial conferences and workshops. One of its fundamental tasks is also to publish high-quality monographs in the form of Book Series compiling the best scientific works presented. Since 2007, it has been partnering with TORUS PRESS for these proceedings; it also encourages authors to submit their regular articles to the well-established Acta Astronautica and Journal of Aerospace Engineering Part G of SAGE Publications Ltd.

EUCASS Honorary President
Jean-Pierre Taran


Charles Vallet retired as Vice-President with the responsability of the Flight Control Engineering Unit at EADS Astrium at Les Mureaux, France, and Bremen, Germany. The flight control engineering is mainly dedicated to the mission performance optimization, the GNC, the critical embedded software and the onboard avionics for launchers, space vehicles, and military applications. He delivers teaching in Engineering Schools.

Daniel Choukroun is with the Mechanical Engineering Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace Systems and is member of the AIAA GNC Technical Committee.

Christian Philippe is with the European Space Agency. He leads research and technology activities on safe precision landing GNC and avionics systems.

Alexander Nebylov is with the State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in St. Petersburg, Chairman of Aerospace Devices and Measuring Complexes Department and Director of the International Institute for Advanced Aerospace Technologies. He led many R&D projects in aerospace instrumentation, motion control systems, and avionics. He is the author of 18 books and numerous scientific papers, and has been a member of the leadership of the IFAC Aerospace Technical Committee. He has the title of Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation.

Martine Ganet-Schoeller is a GNC Expert at ArianeGroup in Les Mureaux, France. She is currently responsible for GNC technology research projects on new control methods and tools in collaboration with laboratories and research centers. In the past, she has been a control system engineer on ARIANE 5 and the team leader for the ATV Guidance and Control design. She has also led studies on the control system for reentry vehicles and for the Planetary Ascent Vehicles.


EUCASS addresses all topics of interest to aerospace, from research challenges to long-term programmes and administrative problems. It is organized in several permanent Technical Committees (TC). One of them is the Flight Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC), and Avionics TC. Within the broad EUCASS framework, the specific purpose of the Flight Dynamics, GNC, and Avionics TC is to promote the technology, sciences, and arts of aerospace dynamics, GNC, and avionics and to help those engaged in these pursuits to develop their skills and those of their students and collaborators.

In order to contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge and provide a convenient archival reference to the most significant accomplishments, this EUCASS book series on advances in aerospace sciences was started in 2007 on the occasion of the second EUCASS conference held in Brussels.

This tenth volume of the EUCASS book series on advances in aerospace sciences is dedicated to flight dynamics and GNC and includes some of the best papers presented at the 6th European Conference for Aerospace Sciences held in Krakow, Poland, June 29 to July 03, 2015. A collection of the papers accepted for presentation at the conference was selected by the volume editors and later successively edited by an international body of peer reviewers. The current book is the product of this long distillation process.

The volume includes 4 chapters covering traditional aspects in aerospace flight dynamics and GNC as well as the innovative ones:

  • Chapter 1 Navigation and Orbit Determination;
  • Chapter 2 Guidance and Control;
  • Chapter 3 Optimization; and
  • Chapter 4 Simulations and Operations.

EUCASS Technical Committee Chair
Max Calabro


It is our pleasure to thank for their valuable and patient support:

  • members of the Organizing Committee;
  • members of the International Advisory Committee; and
  • all conference participants including speakers, observers, and session chairs.

The present book would not have been possible without the support and careful work of the international college of reviewers purposely nominated for this task. The quality of any scientific book is largely due to the will of reviewers to share their expertise and knowledge with unknown colleagues from all over the world.

Last but not least, special thanks are due to our sponsors without which the 2015 conference would not have taken place: European Space Agency (ESA); Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA); Safran; Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES); Thalès Alenia Space; AIRBUS group; and Polish Space Agency.

We sincerely wish that this joint international effort will help all readers to gain a better understanding of aerospace flight dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control and to further widen the fascinating horizons of the aerospace world.

The volume editors
May 2017