STRAPDOWN ASTRO-INERTIAL NAVIGATION UTILIZING THE OPTICAL WIDE-ANGLE LENS STARTRACKER

S. Levine, R. Dennis, and K. L. Bachman

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Abstract: This paper discusses the application of strapdown stellar inertial systems as autonomous navigators for manned aircraft, ships, missiles, and remote piloted vehicles. It analyses the implications of gyroscopic performance, artificial stellar image stabilization, star density, sky visibility, and sky background u-radiance considerations for system performance. It concludes that a high precision, reliable, low-cost stellar inertial system can be achieved by eliminating gimbals and combining a strapdown INS with an optical wide-angle lens startracker (OWLS).
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 37, Number 4
Pages: 347 - 362
Cite this article: Levine, S., Dennis, R., Bachman, K. L., "STRAPDOWN ASTRO-INERTIAL NAVIGATION UTILIZING THE OPTICAL WIDE-ANGLE LENS STARTRACKER", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 37, No. 4, Winter 1990-1991, pp. 347-362.
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