MICRO Navigator (MICRON) Phase 2B Volume I. Technical Report.
Final rept. 5 Aug 75-25 Feb 77,
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL ANAHEIM CA AUTONETICS GROUP
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The Micro Navigator MICRON is a low-cost, highly reliable, and moderately accurate strapdown inertial navigator. The heart of the MICRON system is the micro-electrostatic gyro MESG, an instrument which incorporates an all-attitude, whole-angle readout from an electrostatically suspended rotor. Under previous Air Force contracts two developmental navigation systems N57A-1 and N57A-2 were designed, fabricated, and flight tested. Two gyro subassemblies for developmental testing were designed, fabricated, and integrated. The overall objective of the MICRON Phase 2B contract was to design, develop, fabricate, and integrate the Engineering Prototype MICRON EPM and its associated software and test equipment. The specific objectives were to develop a MICRON system resulting in high reliability, ease of maintenance, low acquisition cost, and moderate performance, and be a potential candidate as the inertial navigation unit INU for the F-16. One EPM was designed, fabricated, assembled, and integrated. The EPM meets the performance requirements of the Phase 2B contract and the F-16 packaging envelope requirements. Spares were fabricated and tested to support maintenance of the EPM. Test Equipment, system software, and test station software were developed and verified. System analyses, studies, and tradeoffs were made which resulted in improved accuracy, reliability, producibility, and life cycle costs. Design specifications were prepared and maintained.
- Air Navigation and Guidance