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Gulf of Mexico buoy communication system
Author(s): Richard N. Pitts
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Paper Abstract

The Harris Gulf of Mexico Buoy Communications System (BCS) provides air-to- ground communications between pilots and controllers over the Gulf of Mexico Flight Information Region. The BCS is a key element in the Federal Aviation Administration's goal for increasing air traffic across the Gulf area, resulting in increased safety, decreased flight time, and lower fuel consumption. By utilizing a network of satellites and water buoy-based radio links to supplement on shore remote center air-to-ground radio sites, the BCS provides controllers with direct voice communications to pilots in the latitude ranges of 18,000-60,000 feet. The BCS is a weather-resistant satellite solution on a stabilized platform. The pedestal design allows the antenna dish to remain locked on the satellite even under the most severe weather conditions. This low-risk design with built-in redundancy utilizes proven, commercial off-the-shelf/non-developmental item hardware and monitor and control software.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2737, Air Traffic Control Technologies II, (27 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241068
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Richard N. Pitts, Harris Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2737:
Air Traffic Control Technologies II
Robert G. Otto; James Lenz; Russell Targ, Editor(s)

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