Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) for the orbital vehicle Electron


Dr George Buchanan


GNC launch lead at Rocket Lab, NZ.

Time & Place

Fri, 14 Oct 2022 14:00:00 NZDT in E5 - Engineering Core


A second space race is underway, with private companies rather than nations vying to develop commercially viable orbital launch vehicles. The new generation of companies must meet increasing expectations from customers for a streamlined mission design process and increasingly accurate results. New methods and approaches are needed across the industry to meet these requirements and maximise performance of the vehicle. This talk discusses PhD research which expands upon existing guidance, navigation, and control capability of the UC Rocketry group as well as the Rocket Lab team by developing real time guidance techniques suitable for use on an orbital launch vehicle. This research includes a new manoeuvre to minimize exposure to radiation for high apogee missions. The talk also discusses the GNC work with Rocket Lab from a conceptual stage in 2012, only a few years after Rocket Lab was founded, until now.