Chapter 1Missile Control
An autopilot  is a closed loop system and it is a minor loop inside the main guidanceloop; not all missile systems require an autopilot.(a) Broadly speaking autopilots either control the motion in the pitch and yaw planes,in which they are called lateral autopilots, or they control the motion about thefore and aft axis in which case they are called roll autopilots.(b) In aircraft autopilots, those designed to control the motion in the pitch plane arecalled longitudinal autopilots and only those to control the motion in yaw arecalled lateral autopilots.(c) For a symmetrical cruciform missile however pitch and yaw autopilots are oftenidentical; one injects a g bias in the vertical plane to oﬀset the eﬀect of gravitybut this does not aﬀect the design of the autopilot.
1.1 Roll Position Autopilot
A simple block diagram of roll position autopilot is as shown in Fig.1.1.1