By Thomas Withington
The advance of the B-1B Lancer bomber was once tough to assert the least. initially conceived to meet a USAF requirement for a sophisticated Manned Strategic plane, the unique B-1A suggestion plane was once accused of being a white elephant, in a position to appearing not anything which may now not be completed at much less monetary and human rate than an intercontinental ballistic missile. Cancelled by way of the Carter management and eventually commissioned by way of President Reagan because the transformed B-1B, the Lancer started its tasks as a nuclear-armed bomber within the mid-1980s. the tip of the chilly struggle intervened and the jet used to be faraway from its nuclear missions because of palms keep an eye on laws. even though, the Nineties observed the metamorphosis of the Lancer right into a powerful traditional guns service which has visible motion in Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. The Lancer has proved its critics flawed in demonstrating its use as a hugely versatile and hard-working bomber, in a position to adopt different missions starting from CAS to the concentrating on of weapons-of-mass-destruction installations.
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90° Pitch 90° Yaw 90° Pitch Net rotation -90° Roll Illustration of effect of order of body rotations appreciation. The three angles correspond to the angles which would be measured between a set of mechanical gimbals,3 which is supporting a stable element, where the axes of the stable element represent the reference frame, and with the body being attached via a bearing to the outer gimbal. Quaternions. The quaternion attitude representation allows a transformation from one co-ordinate frame to another to be effected by a single rotation about a vector defined in the reference frame.
3 Model of gravitational field Accelerometers Gyroscopes Gravity correction Resolution Integration Measurement of vehicle IntegraPosition tion Velocity Attitude computation Attitude Functional components of an inertia! navigation system that caused by the presence of a gravitational field. l This quantity is the non-gravitational force per unit mass exerted on the instrument, referred to in this text for brevity as 'specific force' [I]. Hence, the measurements provided by the accelerometers, especially when close to a large body such as the Earth, must be combined with knowledge of the gravitational field of that body in order to determine the acceleration of the vehicle with respect to inertial space.
Given such information, it is possible to relate the measurements of acceleration, which are obtained in an axis set which is fixed in the train, to the reference frame. The instantaneous measurements of acceleration may therefore be resolved in the reference frame and integrated with respect to time to determine the instantaneous velocity and position of the vehicle with respect to that frame. Clearly then, it is possible to construct a simple, two-dimensional, navigation system using a gyroscope, two accelerometers and a computer.