Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Center

Washington, DC

Abstract

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) play an essential role in United States Coast Guards (USCG) search and rescue mission. Regrettably, EPIRBs also have a high rate of false activations. The goal of this project was to gather information on reasons for these false activations and recommend possible solutions to this problem, which annually costs the USCG over $3 million. The outcome of this project was an informational brochure and recommended changes to EPIRB standards.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Project Center

Washington, DC

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