The Galileo GNSS Satellite Networks’ Impact on Search & Rescue in 2018

Galileo’s development is part of the EU’s preparations for upgrading the international distress beacon locating organisation COSPASSARSAT’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Ecosystem under the MEOSAR program, which requires new earth based antenna and a network of 72 GNSS satellites, made up of the US GPS, EU Galileo and Russian Glonass constellations.

Customer Support: How to Get the Best of Two Worlds

As Cospas-Sarsat pursues full operational capability of the next-generation Medium-altitude Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system, each of the world’s SAR mission control centers (MCCs) must become MEOSAR-compliant. And they have to make the upgrade without interrupting their mission-critical operations. Yet, introducing MEOSAR capability is no small undertaking. It takes time, robust technology and […]

Reaching New Heights: How MEOSAR is Inspiring Innovation

  It’s not often that one gets to be part of a game-changing event. In the search and rescue (SAR) world, all of us are part of life-saving activities and developments every day. Still, NOAA’s decision to commission first-of-its-kind ground stations reminded me of the big picture. I’m struck by the enormity of the Cospas-Sarsat satellite […]

MEOSAR Becomes a Reality

  McMurdo Makes MEOSAR a Reality: The First Save You’re backpacking alone in rugged terrain. You fall more than 90 feet, break one of your legs and can’t walk.  Even your cooking pot is mangled.  What’s the best thing you can hope for? For New Zealand’s Don Stevens, it was the distress signal from his personal locator beacon […]