Beacon, UHF


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Stowed in command modules survival kit, "Rucksack #1, the UHF beacon transceiver is a hand-held battery powered radio tuned permanently to a frequency of 243 megacycles. The receiver-transmitter and battery pack form a watertight assembly about 8 by 4-1/2 by 3 inches; a tapered, flexible steel tape antenna can be extended to 1 1-1/2 inches. The transceiver unit can be used for voice communications through a speaker and microphone or as a beacon, in which case it will transmit an intermittent signal for up to 24 hours. A spare battery and a spacecraft connector cable are provided.

This item was unflown and NASA transferrred it to the Smithsonian in 1975.

Collection Item Long Description:


Ultra-High-Frequency Beacon

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred form the National Aeronatics and Space Administration


Anodized Aluminum, Steel, Aluminum, Rubber, Plastic, Copper, Paint, Adhesive


  • 3-D: 12.3cm × 8.3cm × 18.5cm, 2.7kg (4 13/16 × 3 1/4 × 7 5/16 in., 5 7/8lb.)
  • Storage: 4 7/8in. x 3 1/4in. x 7 1/4in. (12.38 x 8.26 x 18.42cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


EQUIPMENT-Training Devices

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