DEVELOPMENT CRITERIA FOR SPACE NAVIGATION GYROSCOPES

C. Stark Draper, William G. Denhard, and Milton B. Trageser

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Abstract: As we look forward to the next decade in space, we can foresee numerous uses for the gyroscope. These cover a broad spectrum of applications from ordinary flight control of a spacecraft to more complex overall guidance of the vehicle during launch, midcourse, and re-entry. When one speculates about development criteria for gyroscopes for space use it becomes evident there will be some change from the development goals for gyros designed for terrestrial use. The outstanding difference appears to be one of emphasis. With gyros for terrestrial use, development emphasis always has been on very high performance. In guros for space use, however, emphasis will be on achieving low power requirements and the proper handling of dissipated heat, while maintaining the high performance presently realized.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 8, Number 4
Pages: 273 - 283
Cite this article: Draper, C. Stark, Denhard, William G., Trageser, Milton B., "DEVELOPMENT CRITERIA FOR SPACE NAVIGATION GYROSCOPES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 1961-1962, pp. 273-283.
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