Carousel Navigation Unit, Commercial Airline
This is a non-working example of an inertial navigation system for commercial aircraft. It was prepared by the Delco Division of General Motors, the manufacturer, for display purposes. Using a set of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and associated electronics, the system could determine an aircraft's position with no reference to the outside world (i.e. no radio beams or stellar sightings), assuming it is initialized properly. Such devices were in common use in trans-oceanic flights when they were out of range of ground-based radio navigation systems.
Gift of the Delphi Corporation.
Gift of Delphi Electronics & Safety
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Delco Co.
- Case: aluminum
- Interior: circuit boards consisting of electronic parts, resin circuit boards, metal connectors, and wire
- Inertial reference unit: metal rotating parts.
- 3-D: 25.4 x 49.5 x 20.3cm (10 x 19 1/2 x 8 in.)