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incorporates the latest state-of-the- art communications technology de- manded in today's single side band,

CW and teletype environments.

Mackay offers a complete product line of" INMARSAT satellite earth stations from Standard "A" ship- board and transportable terminals to small size, inexpensive Standard "C" units. The Saturn 3S shipboard terminal incorporates the Okitex multiport/multifunction communi- cations terminal which provides state-of-the-art message prepara- tion/text editing and computer in- terface capability. The Saturn T is a transportable satellite terminal in 3 suitcases that can be set up and made fully operational in 15 min- utes with no tools required. Mackay recently announced the Saturn C would be available this fall when the

INMARSAT Standard C system be- comes operational.


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MarineSafety International (MSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of

FlightSafety International, operates ship simulation facilities at Kings

Point, N.Y., and Newport, R.I., which are used for port and harbor design assistance, maritime re- search, and training of ships' offi- cers and harbor pilots.

One of the latest contracts awarded to MSI was for shiphand- ling simulator training for four groups of Panama Canal pilots, with an option for four additional groups in 1990.

The training consists of shiphan- dling and emergency exercises con- ducted in precisely simulated sec- tions of the Panama Canal, Cristo- bal and Balboa Harbors. The pilots experience unexpected situations while piloting various types of ships.

The handling characteristics of 24 different types of ships are modeled in the simulator's computer. Up to 10 other ships can be seen as pass- ing, crossing or lock traffic.

The Panama Canal pilots are be- ing trained at MSI's Newport facili- ty, which houses four interactive ship simulators. Each simulator provides the pilot with a ship's bridge (or bridge wing) from which he sees a realistic visual scene of a portion of the 50-mile long canal.

The visual includes waterways and locks, cultural features, navigation aids and other ship traffic. The pilot issues commands and his "ship" reacts as it would in real life.

In addition to the Panama Canal pilot training, MSI Newport pro- vides shiphandling simulator train- ing for up to 1,200 U.S. Naval offi- cers per year, for ship's officers and pilots from the St. Lawrence Sea- way and for masters and mates from

U.S. shipping companies.


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Micrologic, Chatsworth, Calif., is offering the ML-8000 Loran, a water-proof portable unit with tele- scopic antenna that lets one navi- gate to any of its 250 waypoints

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The portable ML-8000 provides eight hours of operation and comes with its own charger. The unit can also be operated on continuous charge by simply wiring a power input plug into the boat's 12-volt system.

All waypoint entries can be made using Lat/Lon, TDs, Range/Bearing or present position. The Loran pro- vides automatic chain and second- ary station selection, magnetic vari- ation, ASF (land mass) correction, waypoint sequencing and waypoint routing. There are nine routes avail- able with 20 waypoints in each route. Manual override functions provide maximum coverage in fringe areas.

The navigational outputs include parallel routing for search patterns, specified approach heading, simul- taneous long and short run speed and course averaging, range and bearing to a waypoint or between waypoints, velocity made good (VMG), cross-track error (CTE), course error, time-to-go, ETA, and adjustable graphic course deviation scaling.

Audible and visual alerts are pro- vided for waypoint arrival, anchor watch, cross-track error and borders (useful when nearing off-limit waters). Present positions can be saved by pressing the "SAVE" key and recalled later by pressing the t 1 f i • * v- \\ \ v V , - J. X. y v J"


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