A NEW CELESTIAL DEVICE FOR SUBMARINE NAVIGATION

Louis E. Sharpe

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Abstract: This paper discusses a novel system philosophy for automatically taking celestial sights from the top of a submarine periscope. Paralleling to some extent the operations performed by the modern manual sextant, the new approach can yield a high level of performance with only a minimum of equipment. Measures of both celestial altitude and bearing are achieved without direct stabilization by automatic star and vertical trackers. These angles are compensated for tilt and averaged for accuracy. Working instruments are cited which incorporate most of the features described.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 8, Number 4
Pages: 312 - 323
Cite this article: Sharpe, Louis E., "A NEW CELESTIAL DEVICE FOR SUBMARINE NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 1961-1962, pp. 312-323.
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