A FORMAT FOR A RAPID MULTIPLE-STAR-FIX SOLUTION

Lieutenant (j.g.) Jo Swerling, Jr.

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Abstract: There is nothing new or unique about the information contained in this article. All of it has been in use for quite some time. Even the method which is described, or similar ones, are being commonly used by marine navigators today. There are undoubtedly better and faster methods in fairly common use. Still, however, there are a great many practical navigators whose daily routine of "shooting a round of stars" could stand some streamlining. All of the navigation texts contain excellent descriptions of the various methods of sight reduction, but they usually concentrate on the solution of the problem for one body, and then go on to say that similar solutions of two or more bodies will produce a fix. It is the purpose of this article (with a few minor digressions) to suggest one handy format for a multiple star solution which effectively reduces the time necessary to derive a fix without a significant loss of accuracy for practical purposes. The tools have been available for some time. The problem is to co-ordinate their use so as to arrive at the solution as rapidly as possible without sacrificing practical accuracy.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 4
Pages: 193 - 197
Cite this article: Swerling, Lieutenant (j.g.) Jo, Jr.,, "A FORMAT FOR A RAPID MULTIPLE-STAR-FIX SOLUTION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1956-1957, pp. 193-197.
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