X-20A GUIDANCE PHILOSOPHY AND MECHANIZATION.
Rept. for Nov 60-Dec 63.
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING GROUP WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The report presents the total X-20A guidance philosophy and methods of mechanization. The general X-20A guidance requirements, the philosophy of operation in the primary and secondary modes, and a general description of the physical hardware which meets the established navigation and guidance requirements are presented. Status of the various guidance elements and some unique integration problems and solutions are also discussed. It is shown that the requirements for the once-around X-20A mission can be met with mature state-of-the-art sensors, techniques, and hardware elements. The qualification of the guidance subsystems to meet the X-20A mission and emergency requirements of a manned spacecraft was being assured by a comprehensive analytical simulation and test program. Author