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Missile Guidance and Control Systems [Hardcover]

George M. Siouris
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9 Mar 2004 0387007261 978-0387007267 2004
Airborne Vehicle Guidance and Control Systems is a broad and wide- angled engineering and technological area for research, and continues to be important not only in military defense systems but also in industrial process control and in commercial transportation networks such as various Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The book fills a long-standing gap in the literature. The author is retired from the Air Force Institute and received the Air Force's Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.

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  • Hardcover: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2004 edition (9 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387007261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387007267
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,447,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book under review belongs to that rare category of books that are written by practitioners who have a deep understanding of the real world systems as well as the core academic issues. I recommend this excellent book to all students, practitioners, experts, and academics interested in missile guidance and control. … I would like to commend the author … . I am sure that this book will go down well with the missile guidance and control community … ." (Debasish Ghose, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol.16 (5), 2006)

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Though originally inspired by military applications, the advent of missile guidance and control systems has led to applications in a variety of fields -- in robotics, industrial process control, and in commercial transportation networks such as Global Positioning System technology. This book offers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the technology behind tactical and strategic missiles and the guidance, control, and instrumentation required to reach a given "target."

Topics covered include: missile aerodynamic forces and moments, the missile mathematical model, weapon delivery, GPS (Global Positioning System) and TERCOM (terrain contour matching) guidance, cruise missile mechanization equations, and a detailed analysis of ballistic missile guidance laws.

The presentation assumes familiarity with calculus, ordinary differential equations, and some knowledge of modern control theory. The text is replete wuith practical examples designed to illustrate important concepts. This book will be an essential resource for students of aeronautical/aerospace engineering, as well as practicing engineers involved in the design, development, and analysis of modern aerospace guidance and control systems.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Missile & Guidance Control G M Siouris 6 May 2004
I wish this book had come out six years ago when I embarked upon teaching missile technology and in particular missile guidance & control. Without books like this the subject tends to be shrouded in a mist of inpenetrable mathematical theories. Since Garnell & East's book is now out of print, this book is a must for engineers and scientists who need to understand missile control and guidance. There is plenty of maths here for those who want academic rigour as well as textural explanation. If anything Mr Siouris is a bit over keen to impart his encyclopaedic knowledge on the subject and in places he wanders slightly off the original point (the stories he tells are interesting and up to date). I am still avidly reading and cannot find any major problems with how he handles the subject. Indeed there is far more on offer here than any other similar text. There are excellent pieces on tactical missile guidance laws, weapon delivery systems, cruise missiles & ballistic missiles, and a very good set of annexes covering acronyms, missile classifications and a historical perspective. It is well worth the money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced but lots of good content 19 Jun 2011
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Similar to the 1 other review this book has a lot of good technical meat for a book on missile guidance and control (i.e., mechanics, dynamics, etc.). This book especially has a lot of material on inertial guidance. However, there is only the most basic coverage of interceptor missile challenges and issues (my biggest area of concern). My biggest grumble is that for the price ($300+) this book is a moderate disappointment. Most books comparable to this one are priced more reasonably in the $100 - $200 range. For several years this book has been 2x as pricey and not worth it, in my humble opinion (compared to some of the other very impressive texts available). I purchased this text since I'm a professional working in this field and collect all the resources on the street for reference (and knowledge). However, for the price, I was expecting a lot more than I found. In my business I rely more on the more affordable texts by Zarchan, Shneydor, Ben-Asher, and Garnell (out of print). I teach missile guidance for my corporation and I rely instead on the Zarchan and Shneydor texts since they are better organized for my teaching and much more affordable.

Chris in Tucson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in the field 4 Aug 2009
By C. Li - Published on Amazon.com
I received this book as a gift, and it totally changed my view of this field. This book provides details explantion of missile dynamics, guidance, and flight control theory and basic principles, in particular, because of author's real world experience, this book could give you a brief view of what happened in the missiel guidance society. It also contains some chapters never have been pulished before, such as delivery weapon system. I highly recommend this book to graduate or undergraduate students who working on the guidance and control or related areas, you will not regret your purchase.
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