A Self-Precessing Gyrocompass is a necessary improvement in navigational equipment for other worlds.
It used both on survey vehicles and in hand-held models. The gyrocompass does not need a magnetic field to operate, and sets itself automatically.
When a landing party stops on the surface of the world, the air/raft gyrocompass senses the world's rotational motion and sets itself. This process takes about half an hour, during which time the party should not move the air/raft. All personal gyrocompasses are precessed along with the main one.
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