PEKING, CHINA- Starting on September 10th 2010, Simon
Mackenzie-Smith and Rupert Marks will climb into a 1929 Ford Model
A and drive over 14,000 kms from Peking to Paris as part of a
five-week road rally, retracing the steps of the motor car pioneers
who raced over the same route in 1907.
Mackenzie-Smith and Marks, who are using the trip to raise money for two charities, will have a safety advantage over those 1907 racing teams. In the event of a life-threatening emergency along the route, which will wend its way through 12 countries and several remote and rugged areas with little or no traditional communication to the outside world, the pair will be relying on Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) manufactured by Cobham Life Support-ACR Products to signal for help.
Part of their essential gear will be ACR's latest generation SARLink™ View PLB, which offers a breakthrough Digital Display allowing the user to see all of the beacon's operational activities which include visually providing GPS LAT/LON, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts as well as battery power. The Digital Display also makes self-testing simple and easily understood by visually walking the user through the self-test process step by step. An ACR exclusive, the Digital Display will allow the user to test GPS functionality up to 60 times over the life of the battery.
The 2010 Peking to Paris Rally is expected to take five weeks as it follows the historic Silk Route, starting in China, through Mongolia, briefly touching Russia before heading south into Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It then turns west through Iran and Turkey before crossing into Europe for the run up to Paris.
For more information, please go to www.pekingparismodela.com and www.pekingparis.com.
About Satellite Detectible Emergency Beacons
406 MHz EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs transmit signals on internationally recognized distress frequencies. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) monitors the 406 MHz signal and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (Cospas-Sarsat) detects and locates distress signals and forwards the information directly to the Coast Guard or responding agencies. GPS coordinates greatly assist search and rescue crews, and in the event GPS isn't acquired, position can be calculated through Doppler Shift as a reliable backup.
Worldwide, the Cospas-Sarsat system is credited with rescuing more than 28,000 people since the program's inception in 1982.
An EPIRB/PLB is a satellite-signalling device of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted and where the situation is deemed to be grave and imminent, and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance.
About Cobham Life Support
Cobham Life Support is a world leader in life support and personal survival equipment for use under extreme conditions including oxygen systems for aviators and astronauts, crew restraints, flotation gear, emergency beacons and crew and cargo release systems.
Cobham's products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing some 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / $3 billion.
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