Radio, Survival, Apollo

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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:

Survival gear was provided to Apollo astronauts in the case they returned to Earth and there was a substantial delay in rescue and recovery operations. One item in the survival kit was a hand-held UHF radio. Beginning with the Apollo 12 survival kit the radio beacon was manufactured by the Cubic Corporation. It could operate either as a "beacon" or for two-way voice communications. Permanently set to operate at 243 MHz, the transceiver and its cylindrical battery pack were water-tight. It could operate in beacon mode for up to 24 hours. An extendable antenna, a second battery pack, and a spacecraft connector cable were also provided.

This particular radio was manufactured in June 1970 and was not flown.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Steel, aluminum, rubber, plastic, nylon

Dimensions

3-D: 10.2 x 5.1 x 20.3cm (4 x 2 x 8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Communications Devices

Inventory Number

A19791427000