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Optical Engineering

Fast steering and quick positioning of large field-of-regard, two-axis, four-gimbaled sight
Author(s): Zahir Ahmed Ansari; Madhav Ji Nigam; Avnish Kumar
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Paper Abstract

Fast steering and quick positioning are prime requirements of the current electro-optical tracking system to achieve quick target acquisition. A scheme has been proposed for realizing these features using two-axis, four-gimbaled sight. For steering the line of sight in the stabilization mode, outer gimbal is slaved to the gyro stabilized inner gimbal. Typically, the inner gimbals have direct drives and outer gimbals have geared drives, which result in a mismatch in the acceleration capability of their servo loops. This limits the allowable control bandwidth for the inner gimbal. However, to achieve high stabilization accuracy, high bandwidth control loops are essential. This contradictory requirement has been addressed by designing a suitable command conditioning module for the inner gimbals. Also, large line-of-sight freedom in pitch axis is required to provide a wide area surveillance capacity for airborne application. This leads to a loss of freedom along the yaw axis as the pitch angle goes beyond 70 deg or so. This is addressed by making the outer gimbal master after certain pitch angle. Moreover, a mounting scheme for gyro has been proposed to accomplish yaw axis stabilization for 110-deg pitch angle movement with a single two-axis gyro.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 56(7) 073101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.56.7.073101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 56, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Zahir Ahmed Ansari, Instruments Research & Development Establishment (India)
Madhav Ji Nigam, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (India)
Avnish Kumar, Instruments Research & Development Establishment (India)

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