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NASA's first in-space optical gyroscope: a technology experiment on the X-ray Timing Explorer Spacecraft
Author(s): Glenn L. Unger; David M. Kaufman; Michael Anthony Krainak; Glen A. Sanders; William L. Taylor; Norman R. Schulze
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Paper Abstract

We describe a technology experiment on the x ray timing explorer spacecraft to determine the feasibility of interferometric fiber optic gyroscopes for space flight navigation. The experiment consists of placing a medium grade fiber optic gyroscope in parallel with the spacecraft's inertial reference unit. The performance of the fiber optic gyroscope is monitored and compared to the primary mechanical gyroscope's performance throughout the two-year mission life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1953, Photonics for Space Environments, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156594
Show Author Affiliations
Glenn L. Unger, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David M. Kaufman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Anthony Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Glen A. Sanders, Honeywell Inc. (United States)
William L. Taylor, Honeywell Inc. (United States)
Norman R. Schulze, NASA (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1953:
Photonics for Space Environments
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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