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.