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Daniel A. Tazartes

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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Tazartes is the director of advanced technology in the engineering organization at Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, part of the company's Electronic Systems sector. He joined the former Litton Industries, now part of Northrop Grumman, in 1984 and has held several technical and management positions focused on navigation technology development in his time with the company.

Tazartes earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. A prolific inventor, with over 55 issued U.S. patents to his credit and several others pending, he has also published numerous articles and reference texts on optical sensors for navigation and strapdown navigation technology.

Tazartes is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Institute of Navigation. He actively participates in the AESS Gyro and Accelerometer Panel, developing standards for inertial instruments and systems.

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Gyro and Accelerometer
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For Pioneering Contributions to the Development of Strapdown Inertial Instruments.
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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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