THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEM TO SAFE AND ECONOMICAL SHIP OPERATIONS

Capt. Joseph F. Enright

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Abstract: ANOTHER MILESTOKE in the art of navigation will be reached when the Omega navigation system becomes operational. Studies and feasibility tests indicate that Omega meets t,he general purpose navigation needs of the Navy in the foreseeable future. The system provides navigation for aircraft, ships, and submerged submarines. This military system is unclassified and will be available also to commercial ships and aircraft. It will probably be used by all nations. The Omega navigation system will continuously provide to a navigator, or a pilot, his position any where in the world and in any weather. The operation of the receiver is quick, simple, and reliable. The demonstrated accuracy of this system is between one and two miles root mean square (RMS). The predicted cost in production is under $10,000 for a shipboard unit. The shipboard receiver is small and easily installed. The one developed and built by Northrop Nortronics for the Navy’s test and evaluation program is shown in Fig. 1. The unit is 27 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and II inches high-about the size of a large suitcase. The power required is 115 volts, 60 cycle, single phase. A ten-foot whip antenna is used. A graphic recorder for history may be included. In this paper we shall see how these Omega capabilities assist the navigator in conducting more economical and safer ship operations. A report on the airborne Omega receiver and its promise for the future are more properly the subject of a separate paper.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 2
Pages: 150 - 156
Cite this article: Enright, Capt. Joseph F., "THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE OMEGA NAVIGATION SYSTEM TO SAFE AND ECONOMICAL SHIP OPERATIONS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 2, Summer 1967, pp. 150-156.
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