Accession Number : ADD010394

Title :   An Apparatus for Scanning a Rotating Gyroscope.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Moran,Robert D

Report Date : 31 May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Document describes this apparatus is comprising, inter alia, gyroscope feedback circuitry which allow scanning the rotor magnetic of a gyroscope disposed in an associated guided missile system so as to increase the seeker field thereof is disclosed. A signal from the cage coil of the gyroscope having an amplitude approximating a sine function of the angular position of the spin axis of the rotor magnet portion of the gyroscope with respect to the body axis of the associated guided missile is used to generate a constant amplitude drive signal for driving the precession coil of the gyroscope. Scanning, so as to drive rotor magnet in a predetermined scan pattern is accomplished by phase shifting the signal from the cage coil as a function of its amplitude and then driving the precession coil with the aforementioned constant amplitude drive signal which is phased-locked to the phase shifted or processed cage coil signal. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Gyroscopes, *Scanning, *Target acquisition, Guided missiles, Circuits, Phase shift, Feedback, Signal generation, Homing, Amplitude, Precession, Coils

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE