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Identification Beacon  
  Radio pulse to identify orbiting craft.  

They gave him an orbit; he matched in and steadied down, then set the Chili's identification beacon to his own combination, made sure that the radar of the ship's gig could trip it, and took the gig down to the auxiliary small-craft field at Goddard.
From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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