TLON Space SA develops its own hardware and software for autonomous ground-to-orbit flight control. The launch vehicles have four main components: the structural system or fuselage, the payload system, the guidance system, and the propulsion system.
The guidance system consists of 3 essential parts: navigation that tracks the current position and speed of the vehicle, a guide that leverages navigation data and mission information to direct “where to go” flight control, and control that accepts adjustment commands to make changes to aerodynamic and/or engine controls.
The movement of any object in flight is a combination of the translation of the center of gravity and the rotation of the object around its center of gravity. All control methods produce a torque around the rocket’s center of gravity that causes the rocket to turn in flight.
Through understanding the forces acting on the rocket and the resulting movement, the rocket guidance system is programmed to navigate the vehicle towards selected orbit.