CONSIDERATIONS ON INERTIAL GUIDANCE FOR MISSILES

F. K. Mueller

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Abstract: IN 1852 the French physicist Foucault recognize the possibility of using a gyro instead of a magnetic compass to indicate north. It was about 60 years later before Sperry and Anschuetz were able to build the first useful instruments on this concept. The basic principles of inertial guidance were known more than 25 years ago, but at that time no one was able to design and build such a system which could perform with the required accuracy. With the rise of the guided missile, the feasibility of inertial guidance for such missiles was quickly recognized and its development was started simultaneously at different places. It was brought to its present state of art by the skill and ingenuity of a great number of engineers and scientists in various installations. Advancement in various fields such as mechanics, electricity, electronics, gyroscopics, computer and servo technics, and others have contributed to the present status.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 4
Pages: 240 - 251
Cite this article: Mueller, F. K., "CONSIDERATIONS ON INERTIAL GUIDANCE FOR MISSILES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1958-1959, pp. 240-251.
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