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UCAH Seminar Series: Hypersonic Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) Challenges towards Mission Capability by Dr. Timothy Jorris

May 23, 2023 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT


The hypersonic domain introduces new constraints within multiple disciplines; aerodynamics, thermal protection/management, aeroheating, materials, structures, controls, sensors, and energy management. A GNC challenge is to find a feasible solution satisfying all the hypersonic constraints while also optimizing the mission objective. To further exacerbate the problem, a real-time onboard solution must compensate for uncertainties in propulsion, aerodynamics, control effectiveness, sensors, navigation, and atmospherics. These challenges and solution strategies will be discussed.

Jorris Timothy

Dr. Timothy Jorris Bio:
LM Fellow
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Timothy Jorris received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his doctorate in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He’s flown in 30 different aircraft as an US Air Force Flight Test Engineer. His research interests are trajectory optimization and hypersonic vehicle flight test. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School and returned as an Instructor and Director of the Education Division. While in the US Air Force, Dr. Jorris worked on the X-37, X-40A, X-33, F-15I, B-2, B-1, B-52, Global Hawk, X-51A, HTV-2, and Dream Chaser; his last assignment was Director of the Hypersonic Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB, CA. He served a combat tour in Iraq. He is currently a Flight Test and GNC Lead for hypersonic strike and mission planning. He is an Adjunct Professor for California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).


May 23, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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