THE DEVELOPMENT OF INERTIAL NAVIGATION

H. Hellman

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Abstract: An inertial navigation system is a complex mechanism. As such, it was never invented; ratehr it evolved out of the work of many men. Newton gave us the lawns of dynamics which enabled us to understand and use the accelerometer and gyroscope. Foucault's wotk with the gyroscope stimulated much thought and research on uses of the guryo.Anschutz-Kampfe and Sperry developed, independently, the gyrocompass. Then Schuler showed that the gurocompass could be used as an accurate directional reference by elimination of the effects of horizontal accelerations. He idd this by designing the instrument so that its pendulous element had a period of 84.4 minutes, the same a sa pendulum with a length the radius of the earth.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 9, Number 2
Pages: 81 - 94
Cite this article: Hellman, H., "THE DEVELOPMENT OF INERTIAL NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 1962, pp. 81-94.
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