SAE AEROSPACE CONTROL & GUIDANCE SYSTEM COMMITTEE
The mission of the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems (AC&GS) Committee is to provide a forum for discussion, development, and rapid dissemination of technical information within the scope of SAE's aerospace engineering interests and encompassed by aerospace control and guidance systems technologies. Specifically, AC&GS Committee interests lie in the following: system concept definition, theoretical design and analysis techniques; requirements and specifications; engineering design and development; systems and vehicle integration; and systems operation and maintenance.
The scope of control and guidance system application considered by the AC&GS committee include all manner of aerospace vehicles. The AC&GS Committee holds semiannual technical meetings. In addition, the committee sponsors appropriate technical sessions for SAE aerospace national meetings, assists in soliciting control and guidance systems technical papers for SAE aerospace national meetings and specialty conferences, and participates in the SAE Aerospace Systems Activity.
The AC&GS Committee has been meeting twice a year since 1958. Its members include scientists and engineers concerned with the guidance and control of all manner of aerospace vehicles. The members are leaders from industry; research institutions; universities; and government agencies, centers, and laboratories.
The AC&GS Committee consists of five subcommittees:
- Subcommittee A - Aeronautical and Surface Vehicles
The charter of Subcommittee A is to address control and guidance system issues associated with aeronautical and surface vehicles from a vehicle prime perspective. The kinds of vehicles addressed include seaborne and undersea vehicles. The emphasis of this subcommittee is upon the vehicle structure and upon the integration of control and guidance system equipment into the overall vehicle system.
- Subcommittee B - Missiles and Space Vehicles
The charter of Subcommittee B is to address control and guidance system issues associated with missiles, space vehicles, and space systems from a vehicle prime perspective. The emphasis of this subcommittee is upon the control, guidance, and navigation of vehicles as related to the mission requirements. This includes the functional integration of control, guidance, and navigation subsystems, total vehicle integration, and performance and cost trades at both the system and subsystem levels to achieve mission objectives.
- Subcommittee C - Avionics and Systems Integration
The charter of Subcommittee C is to address control and guidance system issues associated with all manner of aerospace vehicles from an electronic system integration perspective. This subcommittee is concerned with sensors, processors, hardware and software design and development, integration, verification, operation, and maintenance of control and guidance systems.
- Subcommittee D - Dynamics, Computation and Analysis
The charter of Subcommittee D is to address the theoretical and analytical aspects of control and guidance systems for all manner of aerospace vehicle applications. This subcommittee is especially concerned with highly integrated control systems and with the research and development of control and guidance systems.
- Subcommittee E - Flight and Propulsion Control Systems
The charter of Subcommittee E is to address flight and propulsion control systems for aeronautical vehicles, including: requirements and specifications; engineering design and development of systems, subsystems, and components; flight test; and operation and maintenance. This subcommittee emphasizes: research and development of flight and propulsion control systems; redundancy and redundancy management; integration of flight and propulsion control systems; and overall integration of these systems with other aircraft systems and with the vehicle itself. Other associated areas of interest include: actuation systems; back-up systems and issues; flight safety issues; and integration of electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical components.
In addition to the technical sessions sponsored by these five subcommittees, the Committee meetings include a General Committee Technical Session. This session provides a forum where government agencies, research institutions, and universities share informal reports on control and guidance system research and development activities.
Presentation and Publication of Papers
The AC&GS Committee emphasizes the rapid dissemination of technical information with a view toward substantive examination and discussion. Therefore, written papers are not a prerequisite to participation in one of the Committee's technical sessions. However, publication of papers is encouraged. This is especially true in the case of a sponsored session at one of the SAE aerospace conferences.