Just look at the complexity (and size/weight) of this mechanical gyro! Now that functionality (times nine--three gyros, three accelerometers, three magnetometers) is performed by a $15 chip smaller than your fingernail.
Wow. That is amazing.
Technology has come such a long way.
Today's gyro are almost identical, I didn't notice the difference ;)
We had drones in the 70's: they were classified as pigeons and balloons... These aircraft gyros needed the weight for sheer momentum/precision at low rpm. Cool fine.
I love it, the old F-16 use to have a mechanical one too...imagine that!
It got us to the moon.
Is there anything where MEMs underperform comparing to mechanical gyro ?
Is there any reason to still use mech gyro for some specific application ?
Yes, stabilizing a camera.
Do you know why ?
The spinning mass of a mechanical gyro resists movement of the object to which it is attached. Its response is instantaneous. A MEMs gyro simply provides the information to a stabilization system that then has to react to that information.
Don, it's not *that* type of gyro.
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