For more than 50 years, Draper has been designing and developing inertial guidance systems for strategic missile applications. We have been responsible for all of the U.S. Navy’s strategic guidance systems and are currently extending MK6 system life to 2042 through an extensive modernization effort that utilizes common processor and other key technical innovations to improve reliability and system performance while reducing cost of ownership. We have also designed the guidance system for the Air Force Peacekeeper ICBM.
Draper guidance systems are designed with unsurpassed reliability, and the electronics and materials can operate in harsh environments, including withstanding high-energy nuclear radiation, thermal shock, and missile vibrations. Key to the accuracy of any inertial guidance system is the inertial sensors that must withstand and recover quickly from the effects of the radiation.
For the future, Draper is applying its guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) skills for non-nuclear missions. Inertial guidance is being combined with GPS-aided technologies for prompt global strike demonstrations. More recently, Draper is applying its inertial guidance expertise to submarine navigation and strategic weapons security.