John Lukesh was involved in the development of Kalman filter aided inertial navigation systems from the beginning of this technology in the early 60s, through the 80s when he managed analysis and software development of the Kalman filter for the calibration and alignment of the IMU in the Peacekeeper ICBM, and into the 90s when he participated in the development of the GPS aided targeting system for the B-2 bomber. Mr Lukesh held an engineering degree from Caltech. In 1985 he received the Institute of Navigation's Colonel Thomas L. Thurlow Award for the year's outstanding contribution to the science of navigation.
John Lukesh passed away at age 74 in 2009.
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