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7 July 2000 Magnetohydrodynamic inertial reference system
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Optical platforms increasingly require attitude knowledge and optical instrument pointing at sub-microradian accuracy. No low-cost commercial system exists to provide this level of accuracy for guidance, navigation, and control. The need for small, inexpensive inertial sensors, which may be employed in pointing control systems that are required to satisfy angular line-of-sight stabilization jitter error budgets to levels of 1-3 microradian rms and less, has existed for at least two decades. Innovations and evolutions in small, low-noise inertial angular motion sensor technology and advances in the applications of the global positioning system have converged to allow improvement in acquisition, tracking and pointing solutions for a wide variety of payloads. We are developing a small, inexpensive, and high-performance inertial attitude reference system that uses our innovative magnetohydrodynamic angular rate sensor technology.
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Dan Eckelkamp-Baker, Henry R. Sebesta, and Kevin Burkhard "Magnetohydrodynamic inertial reference system", Proc. SPIE 4025, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIV, (7 July 2000);

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