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Really Dead Reckoning

Posted 6 Sep 2003 at 04:56 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

This article from NewScientist says that researchers have made a super small atomic clock (about the size of a 35 mm camera), that could make smarter missiles. Basically, the atomic clock with velocity and directional readings could allow a missile to calculate precisely where it is, sort of like a smart black box dead reckoning method of navigation. This method could possibly take over and guide a missile to its destination in case the regular GPS method of navigation were jammed by jamming technology. Now just imagine for a moment that we could kill the enemy dead with dead reckoning technology (that seems reasonable doesn't it?). They say the small accurate clocks are relatively cheap to make at only $2000 a pop. How would you like to be the talk of the town and lug one around on your wrist?

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