Model, SINS Mark IV Monitor Gimbal System, Charles Draper

Model, SINS Mark IV Monitor Gimbal System, Charles Draper

     

This is a model of one internal component of the SINS (Ships Inertial Navigation System) Mark IV developed in the early 1950s by Dr. Charles Stark Draper. Inertial navigation systems use gyroscopes and other instruments to feed information into a computer, which calculates the degree of drift from the intended course and recommends any needed corrections. Dr. Draper, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Instrumentation Laboratory, was known as the "father of inertial navigation." He started working on the theory and technology of these systems in the 1930s, and through the decades his work led directly to their development and use in U.S. aircraft, rockets, missiles, ships, and manned and unmanned spacecraft.

The Draper Instrumentation Laboratory made the model and Dr. Draper donated it to the Museum in 1974.

Gift of Dr. Charles S. Draper

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Draper Instrumentation Laboratory

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Time and Navigation

Type
MODELS-Miscellaneous

Materials
Body and base: aluminum
Hardware: steel, brass
Feet on bottom of base: rubber
Dimensions
Overall: 10 1/2in. x 8 1/2in. x 10in. (26.67 x 21.59 x 25.4cm)

This is a model of one internal component of the SINS (Ships Inertial Navigation System) Mark IV developed in the early 1950s by Dr. Charles Stark Draper. Inertial navigation systems use gyroscopes and other instruments to feed information into a computer, which calculates the degree of drift from the intended course and recommends any needed corrections. Dr. Draper, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Instrumentation Laboratory, was known as the "father of inertial navigation." He started working on the theory and technology of these systems in the 1930s, and through the decades his work led directly to their development and use in U.S. aircraft, rockets, missiles, ships, and manned and unmanned spacecraft.

The Draper Instrumentation Laboratory made the model and Dr. Draper donated it to the Museum in 1974.

Gift of Dr. Charles S. Draper

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Draper Instrumentation Laboratory

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Time and Navigation

Type
MODELS-Miscellaneous

Materials
Body and base: aluminum
Hardware: steel, brass
Feet on bottom of base: rubber
Dimensions
Overall: 10 1/2in. x 8 1/2in. x 10in. (26.67 x 21.59 x 25.4cm)

ID: A19800491000