Charles Stark Draper

A professor and aeronautical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Charles Stark Draper played a major role in advancing the art of inertial navigation.

Largely through his efforts, inertial navigation became essential for aircraft, missiles, submarines, and the Apollo spacecraft. The Navy’s fleet ballistic missiles and the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missiles depended on his systems. They also later became standard on military and commercial aircraft.

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A professor and aeronautical engineer at MIT, Charles Stark Draper played a major role in advancing the art of inertial navigation.
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Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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A professor and aeronautical engineer at MIT, Charles Stark Draper played a major role in advancing the art of inertial navigation.