Accession Number : ADD008378

Title :   Optical Attitude Reference.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Miller,Walter E , Jr ; Sitton,Robert L ; Blackmon,Anthony D

Report Date : 07 Feb 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The optical attitude reference system provides missile attitude reference using an optical beam in lieu of conventional gyroscopes. In the missile control systems autopilot, the system uses the properties of polarized light to determine missile roll angle relative to the beam transmitter reference axes at the launch site. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Navigation reference, *Guided missile components, *Attitude indicators, Polarization, Phase shift, Roll, Beams(Radiation), Optical tracking, Circuit analysis, Optical filters, Photodetectors

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE