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A description of the inertial technology used for guidance, control, and navigation, discussing in detail the principles, operation, and design of sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of particular systems. An engineer with long practical experience in the field, the author elucidates such recent developments as fibre-optic gyroscopes, solid-state accelerometers, and the global positioning system. This will be of interest to researchers and practising engineers involved in systems engineering, aeronautics, space research, and navigation on both land and sea.
1. An Outline of Inertial Navigation; 2. Gyro and Accelerometer Errors and Their Consequences; 3. The Principles of Accelerometers; 4. The Pendulous Accelerometer; 5. Vibrating Beam Accelerometers; 6. The Principles of Mechanical Gyroscopes; 7. Single Degree of Freedom Gyroscopes; 8. Two Degree of Freedom Gyroscopes; 9. The Dynamically Tuned Gyroscope; 10. Vibrating Gyroscopes; 11. The Principles of Optical Rotation Sensing; 12. The Interferometric Fiber-Optic Gyro; 13. The Ring Laser Gyro; 14. Passive Resonant Gyros; 15. Testing Inertial Sensors; 16. Design Choices for Inertial Instruments.