Micro gyroscopes to improve navigation in future

June 1st, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, June 1 (IANS) A new array of cheap, high-performance tiny gyroscopes would help airplanes, submarines and automobiles navigate better in the near future. They are being developed by a team of Panos Datskos, Slo Rajic and Nickolay Lavrik of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They are radically different from existing ones, which are both big and costly.

These consists of multiple, highly sensitive and accurate silicon chip-scale gyroscopes.

The researchers envision their system being especially useful for navigation and geo-location in environments where global positioning systems are not possible or practical.

These tiny gyroscopes could also find their way into automobiles for ride stabilisation and roll-over detection.

In addition, the researchers believe their system will be useful for several consumer electronics applications.

The research is being funded by the US Navy and Oak Ridge Lab programme.

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