Accession Number:

AD0266737

Title:

PRECISION VELOCITY MEASUREMENT FOR INERTIAL GUIDANCE TESTING

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ALLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC BOSTON MASS

Report Date:

1961-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

Two practical solutions are advanced to the problem of measuring the velocity of the center of gravity of a rocket sled to 1 part in 10 to the 5th power over a speed range of 200 to 5,000 ftsec. Solutions are based on a combined space-timeaccelerometer system. The characteristics of the systems and the manner in which they meet the requirements are discussed and a program is outlined whereby either system may be introduced as the standard velocity measuring system for the sled test facility at the Air Force Missile Development Center. In reaching the conclusion that the combined space-timeaccelerometer system is the optimum solution, other methods were investigated. Results of these studies of direct physical methods, as well as methods from which velocity may be inferred, are discussed. None of the methods examined was found to offer a satisfactory solution to the problem at hand. I is poi d out that quality of instrumentation must be paramount in developing any velocity measuring system and no amount of statistical operations with the data can compensate for data of poor quality. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE