A PROPOSAL FOR A SURVIVAL SEXTANT

Leonard E. Gray

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Automatic hand-operated SOS transmitters and efficient radar searching have reduced the likelihood that anyone these days will have to spend much time in a lifeboat. But there is still some need for a survival sextant which can be used either on land or at sea and which is light in weight, cheap, effective within the required emergency limits, reliable even if dropped into salt water, and simple enough to be used (with the help of self-contained instructions) by an intelligent person without experience in navigation. Part of the value in such a device would be in giving the castaway or downed airman a chance to occupy his time in constructive effort to get back.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 2
Pages: 126 - 127
Cite this article: Gray, Leonard E., "A PROPOSAL FOR A SURVIVAL SEXTANT", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1958, pp. 126-127.
Full Paper: ION Members: Free Download
Non-Members: Free Download
Sign In