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Fiber Optic Rotation Sensor For Space Missions
Author(s): R . P. De Paula; W. J. Minford; R. K. Bartman; B. R. Youmans; G. A. Bogert
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Paper Abstract

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are exploring the Fiberoptic Rotation Sensor (FORS) as an alternative to spinning mass gyros for space applications. In particular, FORS is being developed for use in the inertial reference units of the Mariner Mark II series of planetary exploration spacecraft. Other potential space applications of FORS include pointing and attitudinal control of large space structures such as the Large Deployable Reflector, Land Mobile Satellite Service spacecraft, and Space Station; FORS may also find application in the navigation and control systems of the National Aerospace Plane and in the Mars Rover mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1988
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0838, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors V, (23 March 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942496
Show Author Affiliations
R . P. De Paula, California Institute of Technology (United States)
W. J. Minford, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
R. K. Bartman, California Institute of Technology (United States)
B. R. Youmans, California Institute of Technology (United States)
G. A. Bogert, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0838:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors V
Ramon P. DePaula; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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