Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

50, 2, pp. 473-485, Warsaw 2012

Model of the final section of navigation of a self-guided missile steered by a gyroscope

Edyta Ładyżyńska-Kozdraś, Zbigniew Koruba
This paper presents the modelling of dynamics of a self-guided missile steered using a gyroscope. In such kinds of missiles, the main element is a self-guiding head, which is operated by a steered gyroscope. The paper presents the dynamics and the method of steering such a missile. Correctness of the developed mathematical model was confirmed by digital simulation conducted for a Maverick missile equipped with a gyroscope being an executive element of the system scanning the earth's surface and following the detected target. Both the dynamics of the gyroscope and the missile during the process of scanning and following the detected target were subject to digital analysis. The results were presented in a graphic form.
Keywords: self-guiding; dynamics and steering; steered gyroscope; missile