loran definition

  • noun:
    • A long-range navigational system in which place is dependent upon an analysis involving the time periods between pulsed radio indicators from a couple of sets of surface channels of known position.
    • something of electronic navigation in which a vessel or plane determines its latitude and longitude by calculating enough time differences between low-frequency radio transmissions from two fixed transmitters (slaves) and a stationary master transmitter. Contrary to the name, Loran is a medium range system, often efficient for only a few hundred kilometers from coast. The first commercial system ended up being known as Loran the; the latest (and last) development is Loran C.

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