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Proceedings of 1994 28th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers (1994)
Pacific Grove, CA, USA
Oct. 31, 1994 to Nov. 2, 1994
ISSN: 1058-6393
ISBN: 0-8186-6405-3
pp: 755-759
S.D. Gray , Mitre Corp., Bedford, MA, USA
J.A. Parmentola , Mitre Corp., Bedford, MA, USA
ABSTRACT
We propose and study a new technique for estimating the weight of very heavy objects. This new technique is based on measurements made by a device, a gravity gradiometer, that is capable of measuring subtle changes in the gravitational field produced by an object with respect to distance. The physical observables, known as gravity gradients, depend upon the mass density distribution of an object and the relative distance between the object and the measurement device. We show that for very heavy objects gravity gradient measurements can be used to form least squares estimates for the object's mass. This technology is potentially important in the implementation of arms control agreements or for application in the transportation industry.<>
INDEX TERMS
gravimeters, weighing, transportation, least squares approximations, military equipment
CITATION

S. Gray and J. Parmentola, "A new method for estimating the weight of very heavy objects," Proceedings of 1994 28th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers(ACSSC), Pacific Grove, CA, USA, 1995, pp. 755-759.
doi:10.1109/ACSSC.1994.471563
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