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Issue 3  Part 1 • March 1989

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  • Animal navigation: the ultimate neural network

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):3 - 7
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The author reviews what is known about the migratory and homing abilities of birds and other animals. His interest is to find out whether their technology is applicable to long-distance navigation by man. He concludes that the mechanism of animal navigation is a complex integration of many senses whose details are unlikely to be discovered soon.<> View full abstract»

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  • Shuttle rendezvous radar performance: evaluation and simulation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):8 - 17
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    The authors describe the performance evaluation and simulation of the Ku-band shuttle rendezvous radar. Computer simulation, using the radar cross section for specific spacecraft, provided an estimate of rendezvous radar range performance for that spacecraft. The radar cross section model included smooth metallic surfaces, rough surfaces, and shadowing effects, as well as phase differences due to ... View full abstract»

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  • The Honeywell/DND helicopter integrated navigation system (HINS)

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):18 - 28
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    The development of prototype of a high-performance, fault-tolerant navigation system for Canada's anti-submarine-warfare helicopter is discussed. HINS consists of three primary navigation subsystems (an F/sup 3/INS, a five channel P-code GPS (global positioning system), and a Doppler velocity sensor) and three secondary sensors (a strapdown magnetometer, a vertical gyro, and an air data system). T... View full abstract»

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  • A ring laser gyro based navigator for space launch vehicle guidance

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):29 - 38
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    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 wer... View full abstract»

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  • Computers make celestial navigation less celestial?

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):39 - 40
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    The author outlines some of the history of navigation and brings out the status of the navigator among the Polynesians. His theme is that life will not be the same when the sextant and the Polynesian palu's knowledge are replaced by an electronic device depending on the Global Positioning System.<> View full abstract»

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