In Stabilizing the Line of Sight, authors Peter J. and Rhonda L. Kennedy provide a methodology and an example for executing a successful end-to-end line-of-sight (LOS) design. Comprehensive in scope, this book will give readers a better understanding of the relationships between the various engineering disciplines that are required for successful LOS control, and will provide them with a detailed methodology for LOS stabilization system design as well as the algorithms essential for analyzing stabilization dynamics.

LOS control ensures that the observer maintains a clear field of view, regardless of disturbances. Compensating for disturbances to the LOS derived from platform rotation or vibration, or LOS stabilization, is critical to LOS control and the primary focus of this book.

The disturbance phenomenology and compensation techniques that affect LOS stabilization performance are broad, and the sooner the breadth of the problem is understood, the sooner a solution can be reached.

Stabilizing the Line of Sight, based on the authors’ decades of experience with successful LOS stabilization, will serve as a reliable and thorough guide for readers who are less familiar with LOS. It will give readers an understanding of the scope of the issues affecting LOS and lead them to relevant solutions for stabilization and control.

Engineers, engineering managers, engineering students and educators involved in the design of pointing systems will benefit from this guide to effective LOS control and stabilization design.

Publication Details

  • Pages: 196
  • Format: Softcover, Hardcover
  • Width: 8.5 in.
  • Height: 11 in.
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  • ISBN: Softcover, 978-0-9988539-7-0; Hardcover, 978-1-7320721-0-7


About the Authors

Peter J. Kennedy received a BS in mechanical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton Pa., in 1971, an MS in industrial engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in 1973, and an MS in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J., sponsored by the US Army Electronics Command, in 1978. Mr. Kennedy has over forty years of experience in precision pointing and stabilization control system design and analysis, infrared countermeasure (IRCM) system design and analysis, and IR missile tracking and guidance techniques. Specific experience includes design and development of directional IRCM and electro-optical EOIR systems for both airborne platforms and ground vehicles; test and evaluation of IR missile seeker and anti-tank guided missile trackers; and design and evaluation of stabilized pointing systems. Currently a systems engineer with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, he has worked for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, De Chiaro Schweickert Consultants Inc. (DSCI), ITT Exelis Electronics Systems, David H. Pollock Consultants, Scitec Inc., ATT Bell Laboratories, and the US Army Electronic Warfare Laboratory. He is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey since 1976.

Rhonda L. Kennedy received a BS in mathematics from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and an MS in operations research from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The majority of her work experience has been for the defense industry as a federal contractor in the area of facility security management. She also served as an information system security officer and technical assistant providing support to engineers. For the book, Stabilizing the Line of Sight, Rhonda participated as a technical assistant to co-author Peter J. Kennedy. She contributed to the writing of this book by providing data analysis and editing.