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Accelerometer, Integrating Gyro, V-2

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This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition station at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Summary

Manufacturer: Kreiselgeraete G.m.b.H.
E. Ott, Kempten

Country of Origin: Germany

Dimensions: 3-D: 19.1 x 12.1 x 19.1cm (7 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Materials: Housing: aluminum

The V-2, the world's first ballistic missile, was aimed in part by this device. During launch, a component of this device sensed the rocket's acceleration, and from that measurement the device computed the missile's velocity. When the V-2 reached the velocity predetermined to hit a given target, its engine was commanded to shut down. For the rest of the mission, the V-2 coasted to its target in a free-fall, or "ballistic" trajectory.

Donor Unknown

Inventory number: A19730008000

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