Radar Handbook

   We definitely recommend you to have a look in the revised and significantly expanded "Radar Handbook" providing students of the maritime colleges, professionals and enthusiasts of radio technology with a required coverage of the associated technology starting right from the theoretical fundamentals and up to the newest contemporary applications of radars. The content was worked out basing on the invaluable contributions by thirty world recognized experts in the subject field, and their combined professional efforts eventually result in this title expected to serve as a good information source addressing the radar subsystems, e.g. the antennas/receivers, transmitters, pulse compression, processing of the data etc. The target cross-section is also explained, with the various radar systems, echoes from sea and ground, etc. This release features the truly unsurpassed guidance on the theoretical concepts, practical applications of the radars, and several completely new chapters covering the signal processing, traffic control, bistatic radars, sea clutter, meteorological radar, ground penetration, auto-detection, sensor integration etc. Hundreds of the clear and informative illustrations plus the real-life examples are supplementing the text of the volume, included to facilitate better understanding.

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Global Navigation Satellite Systems - From Stellar to Satellite Navigation

   The advent of satellites and the advances thereafter of satellite navigation from the early 1960s till now changed the face of our life on Earth; Google maps and GPS car navigation systems are just testimonial of the indispensability of its importance. And yet, men still look to the sky for help. In the past, it was stellar navigation that guided men in their journeys and voyages around the Globe. Radio navigation aids appeared in the late 1930s and matured in the 1940s. Early studies exploring the idea of navigation by satellites were carried out by the US Air and Naval Forces in the early 1960s. The Navy Navigation Satellite System (NNSS or Transit) based on measuring the Doppler frequency of the received radio signal was the first all-weather continuous global navigation satellite system to emerge. The DoD NAVSTAR Global Positioning System program was initiated almost a decade later, through the merger of US Naval and Air Force projects. The first experimental GPS satellite was launched in 1977, while the first GPS receivers were introduced during the 1980s; they were big, cumbersome and expensive, and used a single channel receiver which consecutively locked on to each visible satellite and performed the pseudo-range measurement. By the 1990s, the receivers were multi-channel, more compact and cheaper; thanks to the emergence of the microprocessor. This was the period when GPS started to migrate from aircraft and ships - large and expensive platforms - to become a ubiquitous navigation system in military and civilian applications.

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GMDSS Handbook v2.0

   The original intention of this Handbook is to provide the mariners and radio specialists with a single comprehensive book explaining all fundamental technical principles of the GMDSS, together with the applicable radio communication requirements and also the recommendations for the implementation of the subject systems, recognized standards of the operational performance of GMDSS, technical specifications that should be met by the equipment, methods of and also the procedures for operating the various radio services forming the GMDSS system. The main content of the volume is divided into eight major parts, starting with the introductory one, which is then followed by the description of the basic technical concepts of the GMDSS and communication systems. The following chapters are dedicated to the operational procedures and Master Plan, operation/communication network of the shore-based SAR, i.e. "search-and-rescue", plus the maintenance of all associated radio equipment. The annexes will provide some additional information, e.g. the SOLAS amendments, MSI, circulars, system data, relevant articles and appendices, IMO Resolutions, and other technical and regulatory information that will be useful for the shipboard radio personnel and other specialists.

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Study of a Due Maritime Navigation Safety

   The aim of this technical study is provision of the specific and thorough analysis of all opportunities and of the legal/economic feasibility of implementing the safety due of the navigation, considered a transit charge that should be paid as necessary by all vessels that cross the waters of the coastal States, another aim of the compilers of the publication is to perform a professional estimation of the real contribution of such device to improving the capacities of subject countries in the surveillance of marine navigation, following the decisions of the GTMO 5+5 Ministers. Among the purposes of this document we would definitely highlights the diagnosis of the systems of the navigation aids, analysis of the real needs (particularly funding needs), operational approaches and legal provisions, and also the possible implementations of the due for the vessels and coastal States, elaboration etc. Six major parts of this study are providing industry with virtually all required info relating to the international legal framework and legal feasibility, services required means/costs, characterization of the due, elements of the benchmark, and impacts. The annexes will provide the terms of reference, the questionnaire plus the actual status of the conventions, as adopted by the GTMO 5+5 members.

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Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Inertial Navigation and Integration

   An excellent title for the industry readers; its content is addressing all of the covered topics in a practical manner  making the publication one of the best available ones for the people dealing with the integrated navigation solutions. With the information compiled and presented by the world recognized and respected authorities, the present release of this popular work will provide the practicing engineers as well as computer scientists and al other categories of interested readers with a required working familiarity of both theoretical basics and modern practical applications of the GNSS, INS and Kalman filters. The authors have been focusing on the real life problems with the main emphasis being placed on the effective utilization of the contemporary integration techniques for the above listed systems, particularly Kalman filtering. The authors have explored the commonly occurring failures and various subtleties, together with the inherent theoretical limitations applying to the real situations, and also covered many practical problems including GBAS, SBAS, GNN-aided INS, modeling of the accelerometers and gyros etc. The book contains all updates to the GNSS and other relevant systems being under development, features expanded coverage of the fundamental design principles for antenna and receiver, inertial navigation, math models and so many other topics.

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Introduction to Modern Navigation Systems

   Today, constantly and rapidly emerging technology of relatively cheap inertial sensors is readily available and accessible for the navigation today. The present book written by Esmat Bekir is laying the analytical basics required for the proper understanding and implementation of the navigation equations. The content of the book opens with the demystification of the central theme of frame rotation through the algorithms including the quaternion, Euler angles and rotation vectors. The publication then introduces the calculation issues and also discusses the relevant physical aspects tied to the implementation of all above stated equations, The author has also provided the explanations of the alignment techniques. The content of this book is also featuring the information about the essential algorithms used for the polar navigation. It also demonstrates to the readers how exactly performance of the inertial system can be enhanced when they are aided by GPS. This text book will be appropriate for the students at higher levels in various fields of engineering (particularly electrical) and will also be very useful for the practitioners in the subject field. The author has managed to capture the fundamental information including theory of the systems, relevant equations plus modeling/simulation issues..

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Radio Handbook - Your Guide to Marine Communication

   This is the informative handbook with the content initially aimed to serve as the accessible practical guide for use by the shipboard radio operators as well as shore-based radio stations, particularly  operators of the VHF and SSB, i.e. MF/HF radios. It will provide all readers with the required technical info about the radiotelephony procedures, coverage and appropriate use of the cell phones, terms and contacts, and how exactly SAR is being managed in New Zealand. The information presented in the handbook has been arranged in five major chapters. The first one has been dedicated solely to the radiotelephony procedures including prowords, i.e. procedural words, VHF channels, SSB frequencies, silence period etc., while the second one addresses the coverage and services including broadcasts and warnings, medical advice, sat safety services etc. The third chapter provides other important information including the medical evacuation, working with choppers, transmissions in harbor, testing the radios, sea rescue by choppers etc. Two remaining chapters of this handbook are providing the useful contacts plus contain a small yet comprehensive Glossary of the terms used in this handbook and generally in the industry. 

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Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation - International Recent Issues about ECDIS, e-Navigation and Safety at Sea

   This nice volume by Adam Weintrit, is aimed to provide a good comprehensive overview of all recent international developments covering the EC, i.e. electronic charts, electronic navigation techniques plus safety at sea - it is addressed in the first turn, to the maritime specialists and scientists directly involved in the scientific research/development activities in navigation and safe marine transportation. Among the topics covered within this title we would note the concept of electronic marine navigation and ECDIS, including developing the requirements that would be governing the management of communications within the frames of the electronic navigation concept, advance maritime technologies, future trends and assessing the navigation safety, brief technical overview of the newly introduced electronic chart products, visualization, presentation of the relevant navigational info, systems of data transmission/communication, marine CNS, security modeling technique and development of the 3D systems of cartographic visualization, safety at sea, safety controls and also emergency supply systems, and other interesting topics. Have a look inside to be updated with all recent happenings.

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