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Magnetohydrodynamic inertial reference system
Author(s): Dan Eckelkamp-Baker; Henry R. Sebesta; Kevin Burkhard
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Paper Abstract

Optical platforms increasingly require attitude knowledge and optical instrument pointing at sub-microradian accuracy. No low-cost commercial system exists to provide this level of accuracy for guidance, navigation, and control. The need for small, inexpensive inertial sensors, which may be employed in pointing control systems that are required to satisfy angular line-of-sight stabilization jitter error budgets to levels of 1-3 microradian rms and less, has existed for at least two decades. Innovations and evolutions in small, low-noise inertial angular motion sensor technology and advances in the applications of the global positioning system have converged to allow improvement in acquisition, tracking and pointing solutions for a wide variety of payloads. We are developing a small, inexpensive, and high-performance inertial attitude reference system that uses our innovative magnetohydrodynamic angular rate sensor technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4025, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIV, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391671
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Eckelkamp-Baker, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Henry R. Sebesta, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Kevin Burkhard, Applied Technology Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4025:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIV
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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