Accession Number:

ADA158642

Title:

A 406 MHz Global Positioning System/Emergency Location Transmitter for Search and Rescue Satellite Operations.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA WEATHER AND NAVIGATION DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-04-15

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The SARSAT Search and Rescue Satellite has demonstrated the use of 121.5243.0 MHz beacons to locate the victims of aircraft and marine accidents. An experimental 406 MHz Emergency Location Transmitter ELT has been developed by NASA allowing a digital message containing identification and timing information as an alternative to the tone modulation signal provided on the 121.5243.0 MHz ELT. Utilization of Global Positioning System GPS information with the 406 MHz ELT could greatly enhance the accuracy of the SARSAT system by including GPS position coordinates within the digital message. Location accuracies of less than 100 meters could be provided worldwide, which is ten times better than that available with the experimental 406 MHz ELT. Author.

Subject Categories:

  • Escape, Rescue and Survival
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE