SST NAVIGATION

Dave Manis

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: NUMEROUS STUDIES have been conducted by industry, military agencies, airlines, and the Federal iZviation Agency to develop the navigation requirements for the commerical supersonic transport (SST). These studies have resulted in various navigation system recommendations; however, there is now universal agreement that the heart of the system will contain two or more inertial navigators. Possibly one of the primary reasons for looking toward inertial navigation is the increased emphasis being placed upon self-contained precision navigation. Self-contained systems enable the SST to operate over any route in the world independent of time and weather. Precision navigation is required for economy and safety and to ensure efficient airspace utilization in the rapidly expanding commercial air traffic. Also, the high-speed, dynamic performance of the SST imposes severe stabilization requirements on conventional attitude and magnetic sensors, adding to the attractiveness of inertial navigators with their inherent stability even under dynamic conditions. Boeing selected triple inertial navigators satisfy SST long-range navigation requirements imposed by the operational environment and punctual worldwide operations subject to rigid dispatch and operational reliability.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 15, Number 2
Pages: 175 - 187
Cite this article: Manis, Dave, "SST NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer 1968, pp. 175-187.
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