A METHOD OF CORRECTING SPACE POSITION DATA FOR THE ELLIPSOIDAL CURVATURE OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE

John S. Youtcheff

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Abstract: The advent of modern long-range guided missiles, whose course to destination must be calculated prior to launching, calls for navigational accuracies considerably in excess of those needed by piloted craft. For normal sea and air navigation, it is not necessary to precompute the ellipsoidal curvature of the earth’s surface, since the distances traveled between successive fixes are relatively small and are usually restricted to geodetic charts representing a small portion of the earth’s surface. Although this paper does not concern itself with this subject, a knowledge of the construction of these charts and the associated geodesy will be helpful in the understanding of the problem discussed.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 5
Pages: 185 - 186
Cite this article: Youtcheff, John S., "A METHOD OF CORRECTING SPACE POSITION DATA FOR THE ELLIPSOIDAL CURVATURE OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 5, 1955, pp. 185-186.
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