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Emergency Locator Transmitter Survivability and Reliability Study
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Author and Affiliation:
Stimson, Chad M.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Littell, Justin D.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Mazzuca, Lisa M.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Foster, Anthony W.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Theodorakos, George J.(ASRC Federal Space and Defense, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: A comprehensive study of Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) performance was conducted over a three year period concluding in 2016 in support of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Office at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The study began with a review of reported performance cited in a collection of works published as early as 1980 as well as analysis of a focused set of contemporary aviation crash reports. Based on initial research findings, a series of subscale and fullscale system tests were performed at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) with the goals of investigating ELT system failure modes and developing recommended improvements to the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Minimum Operational Performance Specification (MOPS) that will result in improved system performance. Enhanced performance of ELT systems in aviation accidents will reduce unnecessary loss of human life and make SAR operations safer and less costly by reducing the amount of time required to locate accident sites.
Publication Date: Feb 01, 2017
Document ID:
20170002586
(Acquired Mar 30, 2017)
Subject Category: AIR TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2017-219584, L-20788, NF1676L-26456
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 432938.11.01.07.42.12
Financial Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 60p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS; AIRCRAFT SAFETY; CRASHES; EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTERS; FUNCTIONAL DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS; LOSSES; NASA PROGRAMS; PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT; RELIABILITY; RESCUE OPERATIONS; SYSTEM FAILURES; ANTENNA ARRAYS; CRASHWORTHINESS; EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS; FAILURE MODES; INSTALLING; MOUNTING
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