A new system which quickly reports the exact location and condition of a ship or submarine in distress has been developed and is described. The system provides 24-hour worldwide coverage--in any weather, from any ocean, at any time. It instantly gives longitude and latitude, the ship identification, heading, crew status, vessel status, and other information if desired. The system utilizes a transmitter group, located on the vessel, the receiver group, located either ashore or on another ship, and the system utilizes either synchronous communications satellites or conventional radio for data transmission. The transmitter group consists of a data load module, one or more distribution modules, and one or more buoy transmitters with individual antennae. The receiver group consists of an antenna, receiver and data converter, a TV interface unit, and a display unit. Each element of both the transmitter and receiver group are briefly described, and several features of the system are, small size, light weight, low cost, simplicity of use, and reliability.

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    Compass Publications Incorporated

    1117 North 19th Street, Suite 1000
    Arlington, VA  United States  22209
  • Publication Date: 1973-11

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  • Accession Number: 00051715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1974 12:00AM