celestial guidance

celestial guidance
noun
a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
Hypernyms: ↑steering, ↑guidance, ↑direction

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a guidance system for an aeronautical or space vehicle by which an automatic device in the vehicle takes periodic fixes on celestial bodies to determine the vehicle's position and to guide it along a particular flight path. Also called astro-inertial guidance. Cf. celestial navigation, command guidance, inertial guidance.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • celestial guidance — The guidance of a missile or other vehicle by reference to celestial bodies …   Military dictionary

  • celestial guidance — /səˌlɛstiəl ˈgaɪdns/ (say suh.lesteeuhl guydns) noun a system of steering missiles or spacecraft which uses the positions of celestial bodies as points of reference …   Australian-English dictionary

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  • inertial guidance — noun a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces • Syn: ↑inertial navigation • Hypernyms: ↑steering, ↑guidance, ↑direction * * * noun or …   Useful english dictionary

  • inertial guidance — Navig. a guidance system for an aerospace vehicle, in which self contained devices determine the vehicle s course on the basis of the directions and magnitudes of the accelerations it undergoes in flight. Also called inertial navigation. Cf.… …   Universalium

  • astro-inertial guidance — /as troh i nerr sheuhl/. See celestial guidance. * * * …   Universalium

  • astro-inertial guidance — /as troh i nerr sheuhl/. See celestial guidance …   Useful english dictionary

  • stellar guidance — A system wherein a guided missile may follow a predetermined course with reference primarily to the relative position of the missile and certain preselected celestial bodies …   Military dictionary

  • steering — noun 1. the act of steering a ship • Syn: ↑steerage • Derivationally related forms: ↑steer (for: ↑steerage), ↑steer • Hypernyms: ↑control …   Useful english dictionary

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