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Re: What are the guidance sistems on a rocket and how they work?

Date: Fri Feb 1 21:35:28 2002
Posted By: Michael L. Roginsky, Staff, Avionics, Honeywell Defense Avionics
Area of science: Engineering
ID: 1010093304.Eg

Hello Andrei: There are many ways missiles and smart bombs are guided to 
targets. The oldest is probably infrared or heat seeking guidance, mostly 
used in air-to-air combat. Once the target is acquired, the missile 
is “aimed” at the heat producer and released. Some other missiles are 
guided by pre-recorded maps against which they compare the course to the 
target, some cruise missiles use this capability. Smart bombs or cannon 
ordnance can be guided by means of a laser beam generated by ground 
observers or aircraft. Others home into radar emitting sites. Global 
positioning is a recent and successful means of pre-targeting ordinance 
and deploying in the region that can be reached. Beyond this general 
information, I cannot disclose anything. Surf the web, look for copper-
head ordinance. The soviets have some interesting literature on the 
Your MAD.SCI Micro

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