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The objective of the project is to propose different axes to significantly lower the cost of COSPAS SARSAT beacons. Indeed, in addition to the focus on the oscillator cost reduction aspects, Technology Electronic Solutions proposes an original evolution to improve the complete beacon electronics.
The proposed activities have been identified to provide Technology Electronic Solutions with market competitive products and market growth potential. The technical solutions consist of the development of low cost and low power OCXO structures and on low cost complete beacon electronics.
Through the switch off of the 121.5 MHz service, over 680 000 121.5 MHz beacon users will have to switch to 406 MHz beacons by February 2009. As 121.5 MHz beacons are much cheaper than 406 versions, a huge cost pressure will be placed on current beacon manufacturers to lower prices and find cost reduction solutions.
System Architecture and Building Blocks :
The Work Breakdown Structure of the IODA project is:
T0 took place on 14th Feb 2005. Baseline design review W22/05, 3rd of May 2005 for all the Work Packages (WP1.1,WP2.1,WP3.1,WP4.1)
MTR 1: FRW27/05, 8th of July 2005
WP1.2: Final Review
WP2.2: MidTerm Review
WP3.2: Final Review
WP4.2: MidTerm Review 1
The project is now completed.