Emergency Rescue Beacon Introduced By Litton To Aid Mariners In Distress

Clifton Special Devices division of Litton has developed and is producing an emergency rescue beacon that can help rescuers locate vessels at sea to within one mile.

Litton's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon can automatically transmit an emergency radio signal to polar-orbiting satellites which relay the data to ground stations for high accuracy calculation of a craft's location.

The rescue beacon is a self-contained aid that fastens securely to nautical craft. It comes in two versions.

The first is fully automatic, meaning that it will activate and begin transmitting automatically should the vessel sink or capsize.

The automatic deployment mechanism releases the beacon before it reaches a depth of four meters.

The second version, which can be deployed manually, is designed for use where automatic activation is not required, such as for use in a lifeboat.

Koden International, Inc. of Norwell, Mass., has been named exclusive distributor of the rescue beacon for the Litton division.

Clifton Special Devices division, headquartered in Springfield, Penn., is a unit of Litton's Servo Components group.

For more information and free literature on the emergency rescue beacon from Litton, Circle 41 on Reader Service Card

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