The Portland State Aerospace Society, as the student chapter of the
IEEE AESS, is hosting IEEE Lecturer Dr. Myron Kayton this Monday,
April 21st at 7:00pm.
Please feel free to forward to folks you think might be interested in
attending, and bring a few folks with you.
Portland State Aerospace Society
IEEE Oregon Section and PSU Student AESS Chapter Meeting
Title: 100 Years of Inertial Navigation
Speaker: Dr. Myron Kayton, Kayton Engineering Company
Date: April 21, 2008
Location: Engineering Building Room 102, Portland State University,
1930 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland 97201
Directions: Campus map at www.pdx.edu/map.html (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.
Join us to hear IEEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Myron Kayton recap the
history of inertial navigation and give his predictions for future trends.
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
Computers: analog to digital
Calibration and alignment
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
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
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