Two early gyro-related patents


Way back when (pre US Patent #1,000,000) there was a patent, entitled simply “Ball”.  A gyroscope inside a ball that also had a second layer within it – you know, for jugglers and magicians!  This was an early version of a gimbal mounted gyroscope.

Another patent, shortly thereafter, was an aeroplane stabiliser – with an electrical control to guide the torque of a spinning wheel.

I hazard a guess that these two critical patents influenced control moment gyros without even thinking of it.


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