Shuttle onboard IMU alignment methods
- Henderson, D. M.
- Jul 23, 1976.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- The current approach to the shuttle IMU alignment is based solely on the Apollo Deterministic Method. This method is simple, fast, reliable and provides an accurate estimate for the present cluster to mean of 1,950 transformation matrix. If four or more star sightings are available, the application of least squares analysis can be utilized. The least squares method offers the next level of sophistication to the IMU alignment solution. The least squares method studied shows that a more accurate estimate for the misalignment angles is computed, and the IMU drift rates are a free by-product of the analysis. Core storage requirements are considerably more; estimated 20 to 30 times the core required for the Apollo Deterministic Method. The least squares method offers an intermediate solution utilizing as much data that is available without a complete statistical analysis as in Kalman filtering.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19760022260., Accession ID: 76N29348., NASA-CR-147848., and E914-8A/B-005.
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