AN ATTITUDE REFERENCE SYSTEM WITH ELECTRICALLY SUSPENDED GYROS

D. F. Elwell

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Abstract: The Electrically Suspended Gyro (ESG) consists of a spinning metal sphere suspended by an electric force so that friction is virtually eliminated. This type of gyro has demonstrated performance which qualifies it for use in a system for attitude determination; a significant advantage of this system, on board a maneuvering spacecraft, would be the long periods of attitude performance between stellar updates. The paper discusses a readout accuracy improvement in the gyro and the attitude reference system in which it may be used.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 20, Number 4
Pages: 321 - 328
Cite this article: Elwell, D. F., "AN ATTITUDE REFERENCE SYSTEM WITH ELECTRICALLY SUSPENDED GYROS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter 1973-1974, pp. 321-328.
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