gyroscope is mounted on a two wheel cart which can roll along on the tabletop.
The gyroscope wheel is horizontal so that the angular momentum is vertical.
The gimbals have a degree of freedom about the horizontal axis normal to the tabletop.
As the system tips about an axis parallel to the tabletop, the angular momentum
vector precesses to become aligned with the torque vector. This precession
makes mass 'M' produce an additional torque parallel to the original precession
vector. The new precession due to the second torque opposes the original
tipping motion and rights the cart. Two statically unstable degrees of freedom
with spinning gyroscope moving along tabletop.
is the gyroscope being 'wound up' by a motor.
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