Conventional adaptive control techniques have, for the most part, been based on methods for linear or weakly non-linear systems. More recently, neural network and genetic algorithm controllers have started to be applied to complex, non-linear dynamic systems. The control of chaotic dynamic systems poses a series of especially challenging problems. In this paper, an adaptive control architecture using neural networks and genetic algorithms is applied to a complex, highly nonlinear, chaotic dynamic system: the adaptive attitude control problem (for a satellite), in the presence of large, external forces (which left to themselves led the system into a chaotic motion). In contrast to the OGY method, which uses small control adjustments to stabilize a chaotic system in an otherwise unstable but natural periodic orbit of the system, the neuro-genetic controller may use large control adjustments and proves capable of effectively attaining any specified system state, with no a prioriknowledge of the dynamics, even in the presence of significant noise.