By Topic

A ring laser gyro based navigator for space launch vehicle guidance

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

2 Author(s)
R. J. Wright ; Honeywell Inc., Clearwater, FL, USA ; J. V. Sponnick

A description is given of the single-package inertial navigation unit (INU) that will replace the three-package gimbaled inertial avionics system in the Centaur upper-stage launch vehicle. The INU was adapted from an existing high-volume, militarized navigation system, based on a ring laser gyro (RLG), that was selected for its performance and adaptability to the space application. Adaptations were made to accommodate: space launch requirement, including qualification in accordance with MIL-STD-1540B; mission accuracies/performance requirements; and vehicle requirements. These adaptations which involved assessment of effects from different operational scenarios and environments, including vibration, thermal, shock, and space radiation, is discussed. Enhancements that have been implemented to comply with INU requirements are examined.<>

Published in:

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 3 )