wiki/ news/ 2008-04-21 - Dr. Myron Kayton presents '100 Years of Inertial Navigation'

IEEE Oregon Section and PSU Student AESS Chapter Meeting

Please join us to hear IEEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Myron Kayton recap the history of inertial navigation and give his predictions for future trends. Refreshments will be served.

Title: 100 Years of Inertial Navigation
Speaker: Dr. Myron Kayton, Kayton Engineering Company
Date: April 21, 2008
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Portland State University Engineering Building, Room 102, 1930 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland 97201

Directions: Please see the PSU campus map at http://www.pdx.edu/map.html (see sector H10).

Parking: Parking in the lot across from the building on 4th Ave is $2.95. Parking underneath the Fourth Avenue building is $3.00 after 6:00pm. There is limited on-street parking due to PSU evening classes.

Abstract

This talk will survey the past 100 years development and future trends in inertial navigation. Our speaker has many years experience in designing avionic, navigation, communication, and computer-automation systems. Including design and analysis of some of the earliest multi-sensor navigation systems; directing the design of inertial navigation systems, an alignment telescope, and the flight controls for NASA's Lunar Module Guidance and Control; and serving as chief engineer for Spacelab avionics, head of system engineering for the Space Shuttle avionics, and project engineer for the electronics of the inertial upper stage and nuclear power plant.

The talk will cover:

  Dead reckoning vs. absolute navigation
  Antecedents; marine gyrocompass and gunfire control
  Gyroscopes
  Accelerometers
  Gimbal sets
  Strap-down configurations
  Computers: analog to digital
  Software
  Calibration and alignment
  Future trends

About the Speaker

Dr. Myron Kayton has 50 years of experience designing avionic, navigation, communication, and computer-automation systems.

Presently, Dr. Kayton is a consulting engineer at Kayton Engineering Company serving many clients in the areas of automotive electronic systems, automated process systems, upper-stage spacecraft, a satellite interceptor, commercial communication systems, numerous aircraft avionic systems, and a dozen land navigators. He has conducted several score forensic inspections and analyses.

From 1968 to 1981 at TRW, Dr. Kayton served as chief engineer for spacelab avionics, head of system engineering for space shuttle avionics, and project engineer for the electronics of the inertial upper stage and a nuclear power plant, among many assignments.

From 1965 to 1968, Dr. Kayton served as deputy manager for Lunar Module Guidance and Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center where his office directed the contractors designing two inertial navigation systems, an alignment telescope, and the flight controls.

From 1960 to 1965, he was section head at Litton's Guidance and Control Division where he designed and analyzed some of the earliest multi-sensor navigation systems.

Dr. Kayton is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), was an elected member of the corporate Board of Directors, and served two terms as President of its Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. He has been technical chairman of several conference sessions (concerning automobiles and fault-tolerant systems), keynote speaker, and an active member of standards committees for navigation sensors and computers for nuclear power plants. Dr. Kayton taught simulation methods, multi-sensor navigation systems, and land navigation at UCLA. He conducts technical seminars throughout the world as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has published more than 80 papers and articles is the author of the standard reference text, AVIONICS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS (first and second editions) and of NAVIGATION: LAND, SEA, AIR AND SPACE. He is the recipient of several honors including IEEE's Millennium Medal, IEEE-AES's Carlton Award for the best technical paper of 1988, and ION's Kershner Award for Navigation which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements of an individual who has made substantial contributions in the field of navigation.

Dr. Kayton is a registered electrical and mechanical engineer. He is an instrument-rated pilot and holds an FAA Project Raincheck certificate in Air Traffic Control.

Dr. Kayton received a Ph.D. in Instrumentation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, an M.S. from Harvard University with a concentration in electrical engineering, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union.