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27 May 1996 Gulf of Mexico buoy communication system
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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.
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Richard N. Pitts "Gulf of Mexico buoy communication system", Proc. SPIE 2737, Air Traffic Control Technologies II, (27 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241068;

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