Ask an Explainer
What is the practical use of a gyroscope?
The gyroscope has many practical uses. In fact, most devices with spinning wheels exemplify a gyroscope! Some air- and space-related uses include measuring orientation changes in planes and changing orientation in satellites and space vehicles. In addition, many common objects benefit from gyroscopic motion, such as bicycle and motorcycle wheels, Frisbees, yo-yos, footballs, and spinning ice skaters. The gyroscopic motion (i.e. spinning) helps stabilize each of these objects. Engineers are even using gyroscopes in robots to keep them upright and stable.