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Charles Stark Draper (October 2, 1901July 25, 1987) is often referred to as "the father of inertial navigation." Born in Windsor, Missouri, he attended the University of Missouri in 1917, Stanford University, California in 1919, and MIT in 1922. While at MIT, he founded the Instrumentation Laboratory in the 1930s, later spun off as The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An inertial navigation system measures the position and altitude of a vehicle by measuring the accelerations and rotations applied to the systems inertial frame. ... Windsor is a city located in Henry and Pettis County, Missouri. ... Official language(s) none, English most common Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 240 mi; 385 km 300 mi; 480 km 1. ... Seal of the University of Missouri The University of Missouri System is one of two public state university systems in the state of Missouri. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university in Stanford, California, USA. It is incorporated as The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length   - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  402. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a university located in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. MIT is one of the worlds leading research institutions in science and technology, as well as in numerous other fields, including management, economics, mathematics, linguistics, political science, and philosophy. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. ...


Draper invented and developed the technology used in aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines which allows such vehicles to sense changes in direction by using gyroscopes and similar devices. A pioneering figure in the aircraft engineering field, he also contributed to the Apollo space program with his knowledge of guidance systems. Airbus A380 An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... HMS Vanguard, a Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMCS Windsor, a Victoria-class diesel-electric hunter-killer (SSK) submarine HMAS Collins, a Collins-class diesel-electric guided missile (SSG) submarine USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Charles Stark Draper Prize is a prominent prize in engineering devoted to the memory of Charles Stark Draper. Charles Stark Draper's Stark relatives were rather prominent in his Missouri birthplace and include his cousin Gov. Lloyd C. Stark. The Charles Stark Draper Prize is awarded by the National Academy of Engineering for the advancement of engineering and the education of the public about engineering. ... Lloyd Crow Stark (November 23, 1886–September 17, 1972) was a Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri. ...


Books

Inventing accuracy : an historical sociology of nuclear missile guidance by Donald MacKenzie, MIT Press, 1990.


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Charles Stark Draper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (212 words)
Charles Stark Draper (born October 2, 1901 - died July 25, 1987) is often referred to as "the father of inertial navigation." Born in Windsor, Missouri, he attended the University of Missouri in 1917, Stanford University, California in 1919, and MIT in 1922.
Draper invented and developed the technology used in aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines which allows such vehicles to sense changes in direction by using gyroscopes and similar devices.
The Charles Stark Draper Prize is a prominent prize in engineering devoted to the memory of Charles Stark Draper.
Inventor of the Week (511 words)
Draper became an assistant professor at MIT in 1935 in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Draper's focus was in applying gyroscopes, or devices that rotate in reaction to change in direction, to these types of systems by feeding information obtained by gyroscopes and accelerometers into computers, which would then calculate any deviation from an intended course or target and recommend corrective action.
Draper's Lab at MIT was formed as a separate, nonprofit research and development laboratory - The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. ‚ in 1973, and since 1957, has developed guidance systems for the U.S. Navy.
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