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Fiber optic gyros in a high-performance, high-reliability inertial reference unit for commercial satellites
Author(s): S. Sanders; A. Taranta; S. Mosor; M. Alden; L. Hendry; R. DeMaio; N. Giere; J. Sewell
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Paper Abstract

Honeywell Space Systems Division has successfully completed development of the Interferometric Fiber Optic Gyroscopes (IFOG) for a next-generation Inertial Reference Unit (IRU) to point commercial satellites. The design, build, and test phase of an engineering-model of this IRU, nicknamed Spirit, completed in 2011. The Spirit IRU complements the existing portfolio of Honeywell navigation products, such as the Miniature Inertial Measurement Unit (MIMU), by leveraging the long life and excellent performance inherent in FOG technology. This paper provides an overview of the Spirit system along with initial results from gyro performance and life testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8421, OFS2012 22nd International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 842106 (17 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.975535
Show Author Affiliations
S. Sanders, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
A. Taranta, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
S. Mosor, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
M. Alden, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
L. Hendry, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
R. DeMaio, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
N. Giere, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)
J. Sewell, Honeywell International Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8421:
OFS2012 22nd International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Yanbiao Liao; Wei Jin; David D. Sampson; Ryozo Yamauchi; Youngjoo Chung; Kentaro Nakamura; Yunjiang Rao, Editor(s)

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