Inertial Guidance System, Poseidon C-3

Inertial Guidance System, Poseidon C-3

     

This is part of the inertial guidance system of a U.S. Navy Poseidon C-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Designed by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, it used a set of gyroscopes and accelerometers to measure the missile's velocity and position.

Developed by Lockheed, Poseidon C-3s were two-stage, solid-fuel missiles with a range of approximately 5300 km (3,300 miles). Deployed from 1971 to the early 1990s, sixteen missiles were carried on a submarine, with each missile having up to 16 independently-targetable nuclear warheads.

This specimen was made from spare parts and donated by the U.S. Navy to the Museum in 1973.

Transferred from Lockheed Missiles & Space Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Model Maker
Exhibits of California, Inc.
Manufacturer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
Manufactured for
United States Navy

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Wood, metal, and plastic
Dimensions
Other (MK3): 2 ft. tall x 1 ft. 6 in. wide (60.96 x 45.72cm)

This is part of the inertial guidance system of a U.S. Navy Poseidon C-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Designed by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, it used a set of gyroscopes and accelerometers to measure the missile's velocity and position.

Developed by Lockheed, Poseidon C-3s were two-stage, solid-fuel missiles with a range of approximately 5300 km (3,300 miles). Deployed from 1971 to the early 1990s, sixteen missiles were carried on a submarine, with each missile having up to 16 independently-targetable nuclear warheads.

This specimen was made from spare parts and donated by the U.S. Navy to the Museum in 1973.

Transferred from Lockheed Missiles & Space Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Model Maker
Exhibits of California, Inc.
Manufacturer
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
Manufactured for
United States Navy

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Wood, metal, and plastic
Dimensions
Other (MK3): 2 ft. tall x 1 ft. 6 in. wide (60.96 x 45.72cm)

ID: A19731668002