TAG: Cospas–Sarsat

Galileo search-and-rescue service officially launched

April 6, 2017By

The Galileo Search And Rescue (SAR) service, made possible by the Galileo satellite constellation, is now active. Galileo SAR is Europe’s contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT network, a distress alert detection and information distribution system best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and hikers. By providing COSPAS-SARSAT with the coverage capacity of the Galileo constellation equipped... read more

2 Galileo satellites join constellation

December 8, 2016By

Galileo satellites 13 and 14 have begun transmitting navigation signals as fully operational members of the constellation. The pair were launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on May 24. After launch and maneuvers to reach their final orbital altitude, their navigation and search-and-rescue payloads were methodically switched on and checked out. Their performance was assessed in relation to the... read more

Directions 2016: Galileo — strategic tool for European autonomy

December 18, 2015By

The Galileo programme is currently in its deployment phase, which is due for completion in 2020. Following declaration of initial services in 2016, an exploitation phase will start and aim at delivering a fully operational system by the end of 2020. read more

McMurdo Introduces Next-Gen Software for Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue

September 4, 2015By

McMurdo has introduced PRISMA MCCNet, a new software solution with several new features to improve the Cospas-Sarsat satellite-aided search and rescue process, and for use in the future MEOSAR system. The software, which is part of McMurdo’s suite of PRISMA (Preparation, Response, Identification, Surveillance, Management, Acceleration) software solutions, provides mission control center (MCC) operators with critical tools to better identify, locate and manage distress situations.... read more

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Canada to Supply MEOSAR Search and Rescue Repeaters to GPS III

August 13, 2015By

The Canadian government will begin providing search-and-rescue repeaters for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III satellites, reports Space News. The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly reduce the time it takes to locate a distress signal. Canada’s Department of National Defence will begin negotiations with the U.S. Air Force to install 24 repeaters on GPS... read more

McMurdo Opens Emergency Response Experience Center

May 13, 2015By

McMurdo has opened an Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at its Washington, D.C., location. The center will showcase the latest innovations and technology developments for search and rescue (SAR) in an immersive experience with real-time demonstrations of the entire SAR process — from distress beacon activation to satellite-based location detection to emergency response coordination. The facility will feature a working MEOSAR... read more

Honeywell Tracking Passes Test for Galileo Search and Rescue

April 13, 2015By

Honeywell’s Global Tracking solution has passed the final acceptance test for use on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo search and rescue program by demonstrating dramatically reduced emergency response times, Honeywell said. Honeywell Global Tracking, part of Honeywell’s Scanning and Mobility business, is working in partnership with the Aerospace & Defense division of Capgemini, the prime contractor for the Galileo... read more

First Launch of GLONASS-K2 Satellite Planned for 2018

April 2, 2015By

The first GLONASS-K2 spacecraft will be launched into orbit in 2018, said Nicholas Testoyedov, the CEO of Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev, as reported by the Assotsiatsiya GLONASS/GNSS Forum. “In 2018, we are preparing to launch the first satellite of the series GLONASS-K2,” Testoyedov said. “This satellite has advanced features. In the development of the navigation functions, new code division signals... read more

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