OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEM: PRESENT STATUS AND PLANS 1977-1980

E. R. Vass

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The Omega Navigation System was approved for full implementation in 1968 based on successful experimental VLF studies and actual low power station operations conducted in the early 1960’s. Presently OMEGA has reached a point of progress where full system potentialities should be realized by 1982. The first permanent, high powered station started signal transmissions at La Moure, North Dakota in 1972; seven permanent and one low power temporary station are now useable for navigational purposes. This paper covers management planning of implementation of the full system with a limited technical discussion of station operations, navigational science efforts leading to system validation/calibration, and engineering support functions to enhance reliability and maintainability. Some of the highlights to be discussed are: Implementation of OMEGA-Australia; Transfer of synchronization responsibilities to the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency (JMSA); Worldwide monitor program and system calibration/validation; Navigational science investigations; User documentation, manuals and correction tables; Signal format optimization; Field strength measurements; Station off-air time schedule for maintenance; U.S. Navy to U.S. Coast Guard system transition.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 25, Number 1
Pages: 40 - 48
Cite this article: Vass, E. R., "OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEM: PRESENT STATUS AND PLANS 1977-1980", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 1978, pp. 40-48.
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