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Jack B. Kuipers Collection

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Title: Jack B. Kuipers Collection, 1953-2006Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/160

Primary Creator: Jack B. Kuipers (1921-)

Extent: 12.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of mathematics at Calvin College and pioneer in virtual reality technology. The collection details applied aerospace dynamics, conventional matrix methods, and quaternion algebra; “SPASYN” (a patented space synchronizer); and other patented products. The collection includes correspondence, reports, papers, articles, Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications book chapter drafts, patent materials, book reviews, presentation photo slides, and biographical information.

Biographical Note

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jack B. Kuipers (1921- ) was the oldest of eight children born to Berend and Grace (née Werkeman) Kuipers.  He majored in mathematics and physics at Calvin College and earned a BS in electrical engineering and MS in automatic control engineering from the University of Michigan, and studied radar technology at MIT and Harvard University.

He served with the US Army Signal Corps during WW II and worked for various contractors in the aerospace industry during the 1950s and on the staff of the University of Michigan in the 1960s teaching courses in control and information theory.  He joined the faculty of Calvin College Mathematics Department in 1967 and was appointed professor emeritus at Calvin in 1986.

The focus of his research has been on guidance systems, particularly SPASYN (an acronym for space synchronizer) which used radio signals to determine the relationship between two objects moving through three-dimensional space. This technology has been adapted to guidance and targeting systems, air traffic control, and virtual reality. He authored Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace, and Virtual Reality that has gone through many printings and became the standard reference for aerospace engineering.

He also consulted for numerous companies. For his work, Kuipers earned eight patents in the United States and nine in other countries. In 2002, he was named a distinguished alumnus by Calvin College.

Kuipers married Lois Belle Holtrop (1925- ), the daughter of Corneal and Jennie (née Kruizenga) Holtrop.  They have five children: Benjamin, Emily, Joel, Alison, and Lynne.


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[Series 5: Patents-Other],
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[Series 7: Research Material],
[Series 8: Patent Law Suits],
[Series 9: Presentations],
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Series 1: PersonalAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Curriculum Vitae and Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Curriculum Vitae of Benjamin J. Kuipers (son of J.B.K.) "The Meaning of Life" (by B.J.K.)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: News clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Pin in the Sky," Grand Rapids Press Article, re: Rotation Sequences Book --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Distinguished Alumni Award --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 2: QuaternionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Proposal to Study Quaternion Transformation Processing for Visual Panoramic Display --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Quaternions and Rotation Sequence --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Characterization and Application of Quaternions for Enhanced Computer Processing Algorithms" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Introduction to the Quaternion" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 1-3) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 4-9) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 10-14) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Series 2: Papers by Jack B. KuipersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Aircraft Kinematics" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Attitude Control of Satellites and Space Vehicles" --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Coordinate Transformation Sensor" and Associated Patent --- 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Design a Strap down Attitude and Heading Reference System" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Distribution of End-To-End Distances in Polymer Molecules" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "An Electromagnetic Field Distortion Measurement System" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "An Electromagnetic Relative Position Tracking System" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "The "Fifth Wheel" Automatic Brake Control System" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Generalized Spasyn" --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "A Helicopter Landing Aid Twoway V-Offset Guidance" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "A Navigation and Guidance System for Offshore Technology Operations" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "A New Processing Strategy for Helmet Mounted Sight and Collision Avoidance System" --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "A Quaternion Process for Precise Electromagnetic Field Measurements" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Quaternion Algebra" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Quaternions and Rotation Sequences", (Given at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Quaternions and their Geometrical Interpretation" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Solution and Simulation of Certain Kinematics and Dynamic Problems Using Resolvers" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: "A Transfer Function for a Vertical Gyro" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Item 2: "A Pendulous Vertical Gyro"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "A Vertical Gyro Error" --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Two Way a Position and Orientation Measurement System" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "A View into the Nature of the Solution Space of Ordinary Differential Equations" --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Why do We Believe in Electrons but not in Fairies?" --- 2005Add to your cart.
Series 3: SPASYN ResearchAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The SPASYN" --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "The SPASYN Technology" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "Twoway-A System for Cooperatively Determining Relative Position and Orientation between 2 Objects SPASYN-Mathematical Aspects" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "An Electromagnetic Relative Position and Orientation Measurement System", "The SPASYN Technology" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "An Electromagnetic Reactive Position and Orientation Tracking System"Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "A Magnetic Position and Orientation Measurement System" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Papers describing use of Quaternions in SPASYN Processing --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "The Twoway System and Processes, Near and Far-Field Strategies" --- 2001Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "A New Transducing Technique for Visually Coupled Control Systems" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "A Simplified Explanation" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Twoway Processors Using Quaternions" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Recollections and Perspectives on SPASYN Technology" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "A Simplified Explanation of SPASYN" --- 2000Add to your cart.
Series 4: Patents -- Jack B. KuipersAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Method and Apparatus for Tracking Objects" --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 4,737,794 and 4,742,356 "Method and Apparatus for Determining Remote Object Orientation" --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 3,868,563 "Object Tracking and Orientation Determination Means" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: 3,983,474 "Tracking and Determining Orientation of Object Using Coordinate Means" --- 1976Add to your cart.
Item 2: 3,660,648 "Angular Rate Coordinate Transformer" --- 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Item 3: 3,474,241 "Coordinate Transformer" --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 4,289,874 "Method and Apparatus for Tracking Objects" --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Held by Others on Positioning and Orientation Subjects --- 1994-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Comments on French Patents --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Owned by McDonnell Douglas Corporation --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Assigned to Polemus Navigation Sciences Incorporated --- 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Series 5: Patents-OtherAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Held by Others on Positioning and Orientation Related Subjects --- 1961-1991Add to your cart.
Series 6: Consulting ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Engineering Reports for Lear Incorporated --- 1953, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Gyro Calculations --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Celestrial Mechanics Calculations --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lear Co. Report "Switching Rate Gyro" --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: All Attitude Autopilot --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Calculations and Reports for Lear Corporation --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Course Book Dynamics Offlight --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Calculations for Unspecified Projects --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: B-70 Brake System Project --- 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: B-70 Brake System Analysis --- 1960Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Calculations for Accelerometer Development --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Calculations for B-70 Brake System Project" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Memorandum: "Three Degree-of-Freedom Point Mass Analytical Model" (University of Michigan) --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Improved Aero IA AMCS-Vertical Gyro Reference System" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sub-Contracts with Nortronics Corporations --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Consulting Services Agreement and Reports for Jet Electronics and Technology Incorporated --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "An Electromagnetic Position Sensor" (Air Force Avionics Laboratory) --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Work for Austin Company --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Honeywell/Advance Technology Systems Brochure: "A.F. Magnetic Helmet Mounted Sight System" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Request for Proposal for "Quaternion Transforming Processing" (Macaulay-Brown Company) --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Proposal to Air Force on Characterization and Application of Quaternions for Enhanced Computer Processing --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Invoices for Research and Consultant Work --- 1989-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Position and Orientation Measurement System" --- 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Disclosure Drafts on the Gaertner Position --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Consulting Agreements between J.B.K. and Calvin College --- 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Series 7: Research MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Analysis and Design of Nonlinear Control Systems --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Analytical Mechanics Stability of Motion Celestial Ballistics --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Animating Rotation and Quaternion Curves" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Application of Statistical Filtering" and "Estimation of a Satellites Ephemeris" --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Charge Image Generator: Theory of Operation and Author Language Support" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Control System Analysis and Design via 2nd Method of Lyapunov" --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "The Detection of Radar Echoes in Noise I and II" --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Control Theory", E.G. Gilbert --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Controllability and Observability in Multivariable Control Systems" --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Design for High Performance Aircraft Stability Augmentation Systems" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Design Considerations for SPASYN Low Frequency Positioning Systems" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Design of Linear Flight Control Systems" --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Design of Linear Flight Control Systems Using Optimal Control Theory" --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Detection Theory" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Development of Manufacturing Methods for Production of Dual Axis Rate Transducers" --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Digital Computer Program for a Generalized Inertial Guidance System" --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3-4: Dynamics of Flight --- 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Electromagnetic Head Tracking- (SPA-SYN-COM) --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Elements of Space and Reentry Vehicles" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Engineering the Enterprise" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Extension of Linear Constant-Coefficient Analysis Methods to Time-Varying Systems --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Factored Complex Quaternions" --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Fundamentals of Numerical Control" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "General Equations of Motion of a Satellite in Gravitational Gradient Field" --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Generalization of Farfield SPASYN" --- 1983Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Generation and Display of Geometric Fractals in 3-D --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2-3: "Guidance Design Analysis for Military Space Operations" --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Installation and Operations Guide" for "The Bird" (Ascension Technology Corporation) --- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "An Introduction to the Principles of Infrared Physics" --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 7-8: Lie Methods for Non-Linear Dynamics with Applications to Accelerator Physics --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Magnetic Position and Orientation Tracking System" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Mathematics of Computer Graphics" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Matrices and Linear Transformations" --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Minimum Effort Control Systems" --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "New Approach to General Minimum Energy Problem" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Notes on Sampled-Data Systems" --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Optimal Control of Some Attitude Control Systems" --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Optimal Programming Problems with Inequality Constraints" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Optimum Linear Prediction and Filtering" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Passive Aerodynamic Attitude Stability of Near Earth Satellites" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Problems in Nonlinear Control Systems" --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "A Satellite Method for Pressure and Temperature below 24 Kilometers" --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Spacecraft Attitude, Rotations, and Quaternions" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Space Synchro Helmet-Mounted Sight Flightworthy System" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Space Vehicle Trajectories" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12-13: "Stability/ Attitude Signal Computation from Body Mounted Sensors" --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Statistics of Orbit Determination" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Symposium on Visually Coupled Systems" --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Trajectory Synthesis Study and Related Material" --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Transit Navigational Satellite System" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Trigonometrics" --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Two Gyros Stabilizing a Single Axis" --- 1957Add to your cart.
Series 8: Patent Law SuitsAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kuipers's verses The Austin Company --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Kuipers's verses MacDonnell Douglas Corporation --- 1987-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Summary Judgment Kuipers's verses MacDonnell Douglas Corporation --- 1999Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Requests to Admit, Interrogatories etc. Kuipers's verses McDonnell Douglas --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kuipers's verses MacDonnell Douglas Corporation, Legal Testimony --- 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: J.B.K Testimony in Court Proceedings: Polhemus Incorporated verses Ascension Technology --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Attitude Control for a Geocentric Satellite" --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5-9: Correspondence --- 1953-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 10-12: Correspondence-Patent Attorneys --- 1976-1977, 2001Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kaiser Aerospace & Electronics Corp mediation brief --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: McDonnell Douglas mediation statement --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Plaintiff's Facilitative mediation statement --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Rhoades-McKee Summary --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Final settlement correspondence --- 2000Add to your cart.
Series 9: PresentationsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Calvin Mathematics Colloquium, "Some Phase-Age Geometry," Pictorials --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: SPASYN Aircraft ApplicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: PresentationsAdd to your cart.
Series 10: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Selection of "Thoughts" by H.J. Stob, (prepared for by J.B.K. --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Where's Heaven?" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "The Redemption of Time" --- 2006Add to your cart.
Series 11: PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ther Luxodrome, the Nalemma & Other paths --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Development of Spasyn Technology --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Far-Field Applications for Robotics and a Collision Avoidance System --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Spasyn ecollections and Related History --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: N-Gons on the Sphers --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Newsclippings --- 1989Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Personal],
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[Series 3: SPASYN Research],
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[Series 5: Patents-Other],
[Series 6: Consulting Projects],
[Series 7: Research Material],
[Series 8: Patent Law Suits],
[Series 9: Presentations],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous],
[Series 11: Papers],
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