inertial guidance
noun Date: circa 1948 guidance (as of an aircraft or spacecraft) by means of self-contained automatically controlling devices that respond to inertial forces — called also inertial navigation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • inertial guidance — Guidance by means of data gathered by the measurement and integration of acceleration from within the aircraft …   Aviation dictionary

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  • inertial guidance — noun An automated system which directs a craft or missile, continually calculating its position from its measured acceleration. Syn: inertial navigation, INS …   Wiktionary

  • inertial guidance — A guidance system designed to project a missile over a predetermined path, wherein the path of the missile is adjusted after launching by devices wholly within the missile and independent of outside information. The system measures and converts… …   Military dictionary

  • inertial guidance — /ɪnˌɜʃəl ˈgaɪdns/ (say in.ershuhl guydns) noun a system of missile guidance in which velocities or distances, deduced from accelerations measured within the missile, are compared with data stored before launching …   Australian English dictionary

  • inertial guidance — iner′tial guid′ance n. ars rkt an on board system that determines an aerospace vehicle s course by means of devices, as a gyroscope and accelerometer, that measure the accelerations of the vehicle in flight. Also called iner′tial naviga′tion •… …   From formal English to slang

  • inertial guidance system — An electronic system that continuously monitors the position, velocity, and acceleration of a vehicle, usually a submarine, missile, or airplane, and thus provides navigational data or control. The basic components of an inertial guidance system… …   Universalium

  • inertial guidance system — noun a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces • Syn: ↑inertial navigation system • Hypernyms: ↑system • Part Holonyms: ↑spacecraft, ↑ballistic capsule, ↑space vehicle, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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