Orbital Beacon

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Small Orbital Beacon
Type Communications Gear
Tech Level TL–9
Cost Cr1,021
Size 30 liters
Weight 25kg
Large Orbital Beacon
Type Communications Gear
Tech Level TL–9
Cost Cr3,090
Size 300 liters
Weight 115kg

Orbital Beacons are small spheres dotted with solar panels, containing a battery and a radio transmitter. The purpose of an orbital beacon is to provide in-system navigation. The signal they emit is a very simply encoded current time based upon an internal clock. This allows a navigator (or navigation program) to calculate a ships location and orbital path within a few minutes.

It is designed to emit a 1 second pulse every 10 seconds at the habitable orbit range of a star. The pulse length and interval vary if the beacon is placed either closer in or further out. The signal is usually transmitted on one or more standard navigation frequencies.

Most systems with a class C or better Starport usually have several orbital beacons in solar orbits.

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