AIDING THE INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Frederick Stevens

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Inertial navigation for airborne vehicles is rapidly becoming an important new area of control technology. Based upon a relatively simple principle, and making very effective use of certain natural forces, it promises to radically alter our traditional approaches to airborne navigation. As a method for directing manned and unmanned aircraft over large areas of the surface of the earth, inertial navigation offers relative freedom from problems which have beset the human navigator since man first began to fly beyond familiar terrain. Great distances may be spanned by the commercial airliner or manned bomber without resort to the beam, the beacon, or the large folding map. Unmanned vehicles may be directed along an intercontinental trajectory with great precision and accuracy.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 3
Pages: 166 - 174
Cite this article: Stevens, Frederick, "AIDING THE INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1958, pp. 166-174.
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