ACR Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1956 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company specializes in manufacturing electronics for emergency and rescue applications including: emergency distress beacons [EPIRBs (emergency position-indicating radio beacons), ELTs (emergency locator transmitters), and PLBs (personal locator beacons)], distress strobe lights, maritime searchlights, other survival products, GMDSS- (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) and SOLAS- (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) approved products, and much more. In 1999, the company was purchased by Cobham plc and in 2012, ARC merged with ARTEX, another life-saving and emergency equipment manufacturer.
ACR Electronics has a distinguished pedigree in American history. The world’s largest manufacturer of 406 MHz Distress Beacons, the company’s products has been trusted for use by NASA, the U.S. military and Coast Guard, and adventurers of all types. In 1959, their innovative electronic flash unit with photo flash batteries was the first camera to be used 300 miles above the earth in a 16mm Mark II space camera atop an Air Force Atlas 11C Missile.
This technology was the foundation of their 4F Rescue Lite™ repeating, battery-operated strobe lights—standard equipment for the U.S. military. In 1970, after the Apollo 13 on-board oxygen tank exploded, the astronauts used ACR’s penlight to navigate in darkness which was instrumental in the crew’s return journey. ACR lights and beacons were carried in all of the space vehicles of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs.
ACR technology was also heavily used in the Vietnam War, including radio beacons, floating survival lights (for Navy frogmen trapped underwater), and the SDU-5/E (the world’s smallest pocket strobe).
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