LORAC-A (Long Range Accuracy, Version A)-LORAC-A is a local radio navigation system operated by the Eastern Space and Missile Center (ESMC). The LORAC-A system was originally installed in 1961 to support Pershing missile launches. The system is based on continuous wave (COO) phase comparison and has a reported accuracy of 15 meters within the STS 51-L search areas. Contact positions identified using LORAC-A navigation were relocated during classification and salvage phases of the salvage operation using GPS/LORAN-C systems, thereby validating the accuracy of the LORAN-A system. During STS 51 -L search and salvage operations the USAF range boat (LCU) utilized LORAC-A.


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