X, Y, Z Motion With a Gyroscope
Date: Summer 2013
Do gyroscopes resist lateral motion as well as pitch and yaw?
No. Gyroscopes respond to lateral forces just as a non-spinning object
of the same mass would.
Three axes are recognized in aeronautics, Roll, Pitch, and Yaw.
NASA provides this definition at this URL: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/rotations.html
Since?lateral? is not defined in your question, I will assume you are asking about the only axis left out, ?roll?.
Answer is yes, gyroscopes can maintain directionality in all three axes
Please see this URL for a more complete description of gyroscopes and this image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyroscope
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