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Personal reflections on fiber optic gyros mid-1970s to the present
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Paper Abstract

Since the early days of flight gyroscopes have acted as a key enabling technology for stabilization and guidance of aircraft and rockets. Mechanical gyros were the first to be used. They suffered from repeated failures and were aggressively replaced by ring laser gyros beginning in the late 1970s. Almost in parallel with the introduction of ring laser gyros, the first solid state gyros based on fiber optics began their development, at about the same time I began working on fiber sensors at McDonnell Douglas. This paper summarizes thoughts on the past, present and future of fiber optic gyros.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11000, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XVI, 1100008 (14 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2513227
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Eric Udd, Columbia Gorge Research, LLC (United States)
Ingrid Udd Scheel, Columbia Gorge Research, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11000:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XVI
Robert A. Lieberman; Glen A. Sanders; Ingrid U. Scheel, Editor(s)

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