SIMPLICITY: A VIRTUE IN ROCKET GUIDANCE

Robert E. Kelley

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: THE PRACTICE OF NAVIGATION on ships and aircraft has become progressively simpler in the recent history of our art. In fact, the practitioner, the navigator, is all too often .not fully aware of all the basic principles underlying his regularly successful practice of position location. The trend was not always in this direction and, in fact, is a relatively modern phenomenon. Complexity and insist, ence on an explicit solution during the early 19th century was all out of proportion to the accuracy of the input data. Contrary to the modern long term trend, we have seen the design practice of automatic inertial guidance systems proliferate complexity in an alarming manner during the past 10 years. Therefore, it is in the classical spirit of simplicity which has served us so well, that the following paper is presented. il brief description of several simplifying techniques utilizing analog components as employed in foreign guida,nce systems is given.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 15, Number 3
Pages: 280 - 285
Cite this article: Kelley, Robert E., "SIMPLICITY: A VIRTUE IN ROCKET GUIDANCE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 15, No. 3, Fall 1968, pp. 280-285.
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