MISSILE-X/THIRD GENERATION INERTIAL INSTRUMENT CHARACTERIZATION TEST PROGRAM

K. R. Wernle

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Abstract: The third generation Inertial Instruments were selected by the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories for the Missile-X Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) called the Advanced Inertial Reference Sphere (AIRS). These instruments are the Third Generation Gyroscope (TGG) and the Specific Force Integrating Receiver (SFIR). A Characterization Test Program was developed to provide performance measurement of the instruments. A list of characterization tests was formulated and prioritized. Standard test plans and procedures were developed and tests run at multiple test agencies to characterize the instruments and to evaluate test station differences using the concept of a standard test instrument. The characteristics of instruments are being tabulated and stored in an instrument data bank which is a computer system mechanized for storing and retrieving test results. The results are being used to provide error budget/capability estimates to describe MX weapon system performance. This paper describes the mechanization and implementation of this program.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 26, Number 2
Pages: 105 - 108
Cite this article: Wernle, K. R., "MISSILE-X/THIRD GENERATION INERTIAL INSTRUMENT CHARACTERIZATION TEST PROGRAM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 1979, pp. 105-108.
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