spring 2022
STE-3604 Applied Guidance, Navigation and Control - 10 ECTS

Last changed 31.08.2022

Application deadline

December 1st

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering program with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics, 7,5 credits physics. Preferably within satellite engineering, telecommunications, electrical engineering or similar. 

Application code: 9371

Course content

The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of the central topics and current state-of-the art within guidance, navigation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles. The technical topics will be presented throughout this course such as

  • Guidance
    • Path planning
    • Path following
    • Collision detection and avoidance
  • Navigation
    • State estimation
    • Visual odometry
    • V/SLAM
  • Control
    • Classical control
    • Optimal control
    • Adaptive control
    • Robust control
    • Nonlinear control

Recommended prerequisites

ELE-3606 Control Engineering, MAT-3800 Linear Algebra II, STE-3800 Classical Mechanics

Objectives of the course

After passing the course, students will have the following learning outcomes:


The student:

- has advanced knowledge of central topics within guidance, navigation and control of aerial vehicles.

- has knowledge of the current state-of-the art within guidance, navigation and control of aerial vehicles.

- can apply the knowledge to solve new challenges in the field of guidance, navigation and control of aerial vehicles.


The student

- can analyze existing scientific literature, applied methods and work independently to solve theoretical and practical problems.

- can apply central methods in an independent project.

General competence:

The student

- can contribute to innovative projects related to the field.

- can communicate with specialists and nonspecialists about central topics within the field.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

This is a project based course where students will spend the majority of the time outside of lectures working on their individual project. There will be classroom lectures and tutorials. The course takes four weeks, each week with 20 hours of lectures. Each day up to 4 hours of lectures. Some days have additional tutorials after lectures.


Course work requirement:

Individual project run by the students, which must be submitted in prior to the oral examination. A hard deadline and format for submission will be specified by the lecturer.

Examination and assessment:

Oral examination (M).

Scale of grading: A - F, where F is fail.

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STE-3604
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