Accession Number:

ADA503582

Title:

HMS Scott Ring Laser Gyro Navigator Integration

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

2003-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

HMS SCOTT is a United Kingdom ocean survey vessel, that hosts a state-of-the-art deep ocean mapping system which was designed, developed and is currently maintained and periodically updated by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, SSC-SD. The most recent update of this system, completed in late 2002, consisted of the replacement of an obsolete and very costly to maintain inertial navigation system. Another reason for updating the ships inertial system was to provide higher accuracy attitude data, than was previously available with the old inertial system, to the high resolution multi-beam sonar system in order to produce improved bathymetric charts. After conducting a market survey of suitable inertial navigator systems, the Kearfott SEANAV Ring Laser Gyro Navigator, RLGN, system, using a monolithic T-24 gyro, was selected to replace the old inertial system. The selection of the SEANAV RLGN was based on its relatively low cost, high reliability, and particularly the roll and pitch data accuracies of typically less than 1-arc-minute. This attitude data accuracy was key to enable a significant improvement in the bathymetry data accuracy. Two SEANAV systems were integrated with GPS receivers, a system master time code generator, and Electro Magnetic EM Log and Doppler Sonar speed sensors to provide the navigation portion of the mapping data. Operational testing of this updated system aboard HMS SCOTT in November, 2002, showed a marked improvement in the quality of the map product due in part to the improved attitude data provided by the SEANAV RLGN system.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE