Abstract

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University are developing an electromechanical system for the calibration of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) using global positioning system (GPS) antennas. The GPS antennas and IMU are mounted to a common platform to be oriented in the angular roll, pitch, and yaw motions. Vertical motion is also included to test the systems in a vibrational manner. A four-dof system based on the parallel Carpal Wrist is under development for this task. High-accuracy positioning is not required from the platform since the GPS technology provides absolute positioning for the IMU calibration process.

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