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Name: Ray
Status: educator
Grade: other
Location: TX
Country: USA
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.

Tim Mooney


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

Sincere regards, Mike Stewart

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