Vehicle Control System

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Vehicle Control System

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A system, incorporating control surfaces or other devices, which adjusts and maintains the altitude and heading, and sometimes speed, of a vehicle in accordance with signals received from a guidance system. </dd>
The essential difference between a control system and a guidance system is that the control system points the vehicle and the guidance system gives the commands which tell the control system where to point. However, the control system maintains theinstantaneous orientation of the vehicle without specific commands from the guidance system. </dd>

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use