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NAL 9602-A Overview

The NAL 9602-A is a small, low-cost satellite tracker designed for use with the Iridium satellite constellation. It is a self-contained unit containing an advanced 50-channel GPS receiver, an Iridium 9602 satellite transceiver and a micro-controller board, with internal Iridium and GPS antennas.

The 9602-A measures 2.7” x 2.17” x 1.26” (69 mm x 55 mm x 32 mm),  weighs less than seven ounces and can be attached to high-value assets such as vehicles, shipping containers, trailers or buoys. It is also being used to track environmentally demanding platforms including helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, rockets, high-altitude balloons, ships, speed-boats, ground vehicles and hand-emplaced or air-deployed remote sensors.

The 9602-A can send either a standard or 256-bit AES encrypted GPS report at a pre-programmed interval ranging from once every ten seconds to once every seven days. The interval can be changed remotely while the unit is in the field. 

The 9602-A has a guarded Emergency switch to alert the recipient of an emergency situation, and five LEDs to indicate the status of power, GPS fix, Iridium connection, SBD transmission and emergency mode.

NAL 9602-A Technical Specifications

Dimensions:2.73” L x 2.17” W x 1.26” D (69 mm x 55 mm x 32 mm)
Weight:6.3 oz.
I/O Interface:15-Pin D-Sub
Input Voltage Range:3.6VDC to 5.5VDC or 6.5VDC to 32VDC
Input Nominal Voltage:5.0VDC
Power consumption during standby:Less than 65uA @ 5.0VDC
Power Input Type:External DC power
Operating Frequency:1616 to 1626.5 MHz
Link Margin Downlink:13 dB average
Link Margin Uplink:7 db average
Average Power Transmission: < 1.0 W
Receiver Type:NEO-6Q, 1575.42 MHz (L1), 16-channel, C/A code
Accuracy:2.5 m CEP in good coverage
Update Rate:5 Hz internally
Start-up Times:1-second hot-starts, 28 seconds warm- and cold-starts
Sensitivity:< 160 dBm
Operating Temperature:40oF to +185oF
Operating Humidity:< 75% RH

Technical Specifications

Attached is the 'General Description of Model 9602-A' document along with wiring diagrams for different configuration options.

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