BlueGyro-BK classicrotor taly close  Quartz rotor mounted in the Talyrond machine for roundness measurement. September, 1989 gyro measure  View of the Talyrond machine, used to check the roundness of the finished rotors. rotor polish  Close-up of a rotor being polished on the lapping machine. April, 1991 surface diagram  Diagram showing the surface variations on a completed gyroscope rotor. rotor Talyrond  Image of a rotor being measured on the Talyrond machine. Professional image taken for Popular Science.  Copyright owned by Michael Freeman
red housing  Non-flight gyroscope housing with a SQUID readout line installed. rotor housings2  Non-flight coated rotor and two housing halves on a red background. rotors cabinet  Clean cabinet full of completed and flight qualified rotors. rotor housings3  A coated and uncoated quartz rotor sit next to half a housing on a light blue background. Everitt-Parkinson-gyro-rotor  GP-B PI Francis Everitt and Co-PI Brad Parkinson show a gyroscope rotor in front of the spacecraft. gyro pen  A dummy quartz housing and an uncoated quartz rotor  sit next to a ball point pen for scale. einstein gyro  Close up of a clear, uncoated quartz rotor. A poster of  einstein is shrunk and flipped in the clear material.
talyrond front  Talyrond machine at MSFC (Marshall Space Flight Center). A quartz housing is shown mounted for measurement.  October 13th, 1979 talyrond equip  Talyrond machine and supporting equipment at MSFC (Marshall Space Flight Center). October 13th, 1979 commis assem  View of the commissioning mechanism used to test the flight gyroscopes. removed gyro  The safely removed gyroscope 4, complete with housings, spin-up lines and readout cables. backlit housing  Close-up of a back-lit gyroscope housing. backlit gyro  Looking down the housing bore into a back-lit gyroscope. This was taken while the gyroscopes were being inserted into the quartz block. rotor  Close-up shot of a single silicon crystal rotor.
gyroscope2 coating machine  View of the coating mechanine used to to cover the gyroscope rotor with a very thin layer of superconducting material. gyroscope4 gyro 4-hires  The number four gyro is inspected under monochromatic light after it was removed from the SIA ( Science Instrument assembly). Aug. 2000. rotors cabinet close  close-up of rotors in the clean cabinet rotor roller-hires  This is the new ball walker assembly. The various sprockets and gears automatically position the quartz rotor, which can be seen in the aluminum disk. The disk is positioned underneath the sputtering head to ensure uniform coating of the rotor with niobium. This thin layer of niobium forms the superconducting surface of the gyroscope rotor. rotor hands-hires  View of a pair of gloved hands holding an encased flight gyroscope rotor
gyroscope-hires single gyro test  Gyroscope in FIST orientation, installed in room temperature test system. 1989 rotors on blue  Image of a coated and an uncoated quartz rotor. The rotors are covered in a thing layer of niobium metal, which allows them to levitate when they are in a supercooled environment. rotor housings  Coated quartz rotor and two housing halves on a green background gyroscope-ultraviolet bg  View of a backlit uncoated quartz rotor and half a housing on a purple background. gyro hands  Close-up of a coated rotor in a gloved hand.