Emerging Inertial Trends and High-Level Performance Examined in Upcoming Webinar

The MEMS-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) represents the single biggest positioning and navigation advance of the last 20 years. Simply much more bang for your buck! “Inertial Technology for Robotics, UAVs and other Applications,” a free webinar on May 6, examines how this breakthrough plays in the fields of autonomy, high dynamics and challenging environments.

This webinar takes a close-up look at Contemporary and Emerging Inertial Sensor Technologies, from the laboratory to the factory to the field.  Register here to attend.

MEMS (micro-electromechanical sensors) make possible a miniaturization of size, weight, power requirements and cost never thought achievable before. When MEMS inertial navigation pairs with GPS for navigation, the key factor is the error budget of each sensor and how that plays into the accuracy of the solution. You’ll learn how the inertial sensor’s error budget translates into system performance.

We begin with the current state of the inertial art delivered by a recognized expert. We then explore a high-accuracy tactical-grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with increased accelerometer performance to support demanding guidance and navigation applications. We take our knowledge to the field to examine the IMU’s role in successful missions. The attitude determination and control system (ADCS) rises to the challenge of an extremely demanding environments and set of requirements.


Webinar speakers:

Ralph Hopkins is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and Group Leader in the Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) Division at Draper, a leading research & development organization. He is responsible for the design and development of inertial instruments and sensors. Ralph has served as Technical Director of advanced inertial instrument development programs including strategic, navigation and tactical grade gyroscopes and accelerometers. He holds an ME in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University, and an MS in Engineering Management from The Gordon Institute of Tufts University.

Reidar Holm is a Product Development Manager at Sensonor, a producer and developer of high-precision, light-weight gyros and IMUs. He works MEMS R&D and design, ASIC design, low-stress package design, system design, assembly and calibration, and high-volume production for automotive, MEMS pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyros and IMUs. He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UK) in 1982.

Ryan Robinson is the Lead Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer at LeoStella, a small satellite design and manufacturing company, He is responsible for the design, development, test, and delivery of ADCS subsystems on LeoStella satellites. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Technical areas of interest include attitude determination and control systems design, sensing and actuation, nonlinear dynamics, and autonomy.