Theory and instrumentation of inertial navigation systems 590055

INERTIAL NAVIGATION is a highly refined dead-reckoning technique which utilizes as its basic data the measured acceleration of the vehicle being navigated.
A new suspension principle has made such navigation practical for aircraft and missiles. It is the fluid immersion technique and has reduced nearly to zero the friction forces that caused errors in previous systems. A gyroscope and an accelerometer are the heart of inertial guidance. The first provides a stable platform for the second. By integrating the accelerations experienced during flight, the system can give position and velocity at any time.
This paper describes the design and operation of several inertial navigation systems.


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