Illumination Beacon

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CRANE-100924
Conventional illumination beacons may experience problems with respect to infrared visibility ranges, effective placement of light sources, power management, which includes the use of large batteries in order to achieve a desired lifespan, hindering performance, and reliable operation. Furthermore, many traditional systems are not designed for field deployment and the batteries may become loose or disengaged when thrown or placed in water.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has developed and patented an illumination beacon designed for field deployment with improved power management, resulting in a longer lifespan than conventional illumination systems. This system emits a covert signal that is visible at long ranges and can be used for identification of landing zones, roadways, obstructions, aircraft, vehicles, and personnel.

Advantages:
-Provides a power management system that is operably coupled to the battery
-Better lifespan when compared with conventional illumination beacons
-High infrared visibility range

Potential Applications:
-Military
-Aircraft
Sep 12, 2011
Utility Patent
United States
8,531,114
Sep 10, 2013
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