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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

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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 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.

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[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Papers by Jack B. Kuipers],
[Series 3: SPASYN Research],
[Series 4: Patents -- Jack B. Kuipers],
[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],
[All]


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