The Cryogenic Gyro

  • J. T. Harding
  • R. H. Tuffias
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 6)


The development of inertial guidance systems depends on finding methods to eliminate all unpredictable forces from the inertial element. In the gyro field, engineering techniques have been pushed almost to the limit in the design of mechanical rotor supports that minimize friction, A promising alternative to mechanical suspension is the use of the pressures exerted by electromagnetic fields.


Critical Field Spot Welding Radial Force Inertial Guidance System Meissner Effect 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. T. Harding
    • 1
  • R. H. Tuffias
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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