Artifact Details

Title

Hawk Missile Autopilot

Catalog Number

XD144.80

Type

Physical object

Date

1960

Manufacturer

Raytheon Company

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 9196476 5
Other number IA4A2 stamped on outside of case
Other number IA4AIJ4 stamped on outside of case
Other number IA4AIJ5 stamped on outside of case
Serial number 01332S

Dimensions

4 x 10 x 15 1/2 in.

Description

TCM Boston Label Copy: An early instance of an analog navigation and control device is the auto-pilot assembly developed for use in the Hawk Missile System by Raytheon in the late 1950's. The Hawk Missile is used in an air defense system against high speed, low altitude targets. During flight the assembly receives inputs such as acceleration, attitude, direction and distance to target. It then computes the necessary corrective signals to be sent to the wings control system. This control causes the missile to follow the most direct intercept path to its assigned target.

Category

Fixed-application digital computer: other

Subject

Radar

Credit

Gift of Joe Kuprevich

Lot Number

XD144.80