FUEL FOR THE PLOTTING FIRE-TRUE VERSUS RELATIVE MOTION

Hilliard L. Lubin

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Radar data plotting came into being for some of us nearly thirty years ago. That thought alone is painful enough without thinking of the arguments which still go on with regard to which is the better method-relative motion analysis done on some kind of polar diagram or “True” motion analysis (a geographic look down a la the bird’s eye view). It must be remembered that this discussion concerns the manual use of the radar alone, not its use when paired with a computer. The proponents of each method have become crusaders of sorts and a religious war, if not going on now, is inevitable. The casualties from this fracas will not be seen on any normal battlefield but rather will be shown in gruesome statistics of ship collisions, oil on the waters of the world in some cases, and in no cases, hopefully, lives being lost.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 20, Number 2
Pages: 101 - 115
Cite this article: Lubin, Hilliard L., "FUEL FOR THE PLOTTING FIRE-TRUE VERSUS RELATIVE MOTION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1973, pp. 101-115.
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