Charles Samek and Harold S. Pike

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Abstract: FOR OVER TWO CENTURIES mariners have recognized the need for an all-weather, precision navigation system which would supplement or replace celestial navigation. Many systems have been proposed and a few have actually been implemented. Of these, probably the two best known are the Loran and the inertial systems. The former will be discussed briefly in a subsequent part of this paper; however, there are several limitations which should be mentioned at this point. Loran is far from being a world-wide navigational system. While Loran transmitting stations cover most of the principal trade routes in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, there are numerous places where there is no Loran coverage. Loran fixed transmitting stations are expensive and a great complex of stations would be required to anywhere approach world-wide coverage. In addition, the shipboard equipment required is quite complex and its cost places it beyond the reach of the average pleasure boat owner. The latter system, of the inertial variety, is exceedingly expensive and has limited accuracy which tends to degrade with time.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 13, Number 2
Pages: 105 - 110
Cite this article: Samek, Charles, Pike, Harold S., "A PRECISION ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM USING OMEGA AND A SYNCHRONOUS SATELLITE NETWORK", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 1966, pp. 105-110.
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