New Weather Satellite Unit Introduced By GPI —Literature Available

A new, moderate-cost system for obtaining continuous-output, up-to-the-minute weather information from weather satellites covering most of the Western Hemisphere and other parts of the world, "Earth Station W," 46 was introduced to commercial marine interests at the recent 1980 Fish Expo in Boston.

Global Positioning Instrument Corporation (GPI) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., exhibited and gave life demonstrations of its lightweight, compact GPI-1010 weather satellite earth station at this annual exposition. Commercial fishermen, owners, operators and officers of high seas cargo ves- H M S sels and tankers, offshore oil rig operators and other maritime interests witnessed the demonstrations and learned about the new system.

Donald S. Trumbull, GPI president, believes this to be the first cost-effective equipment of its kind suitable for shipboard installation. "Now, for the first time, vessels can have their own onboard weather satellite imagery updated hour-by-hour throughout most of the Western Hemisphere and in many other high seas and coastal areas of the world," he said.

"The GPI-1010 will produce satellite photos and meteorological charts whether at sea in some of the remotest areas or in port offices," Mr. Trumbull explained, "and there is no charge for this satellite service other than the purchase of the equipment." The GPI-1010 operates directly from 12 volts dc, or 115/220 ac with optional converter, and weighs only 42 pounds. The system includes a 24-inch-diameter parabolic dish antenna that can be mounted at deck level or on the pilot house, a 1691 mH receiver, and a fully automatic continuous facsimile recorder. The recorder produces ready-to-view 7.5-inch-square, dry-printed images directly from the satellite on aluminized paper.

For further information and free literature on the GPI-1010, write to Donald S. Trumbull, Dept. MR, Global Positioning Instrument Corporation, 1525 SE 16th Street, F o r t L a u d e r d a l e , Fla. 33316.

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