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Missile guidance refers to a variety of methods of guiding a
These guidance technologies can generally be divided up into a number of categories, with the broadest categories being "active," "passive" and "preset" guidance. Missiles and guided bombs generally use similar types of guidance system, the difference between the two being that missiles are powered by an onboard engine, whereas guided bombs rely on the speed and height of the launch aircraft for propulsion.
The concept of missile guidance originated at least as early as World War I, with the idea of remotely guiding an airplane bomb onto a target.
The first U.S. ballistic missile with a highly accurate inertial guidance system was the short-range Redstone.