The 2019 Galileo Evolution of Safety Beacons

The inclusion of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers (better known as GPS) into 406Mhz search and rescue beacons in the 2000s was the biggest shake up of the internationally search and rescue system since the activation of global Cospas Sarsat satellite network in 1981. By including GNSS; via GPS satellites; beacons reduced the search […]

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.

Legislation Clarity for Improved Marine Safety

  Within the marine industry, the importance of mandates in driving safety innovation and equipment adoption is widely known. From AIS electronics legislation for internal waterways, requirements for hands-free options on EPIRBS and the future banning of non-GNSS (GPS) EPIRBS, the US has been leading the way. Ireland’s BIM organisation used life jacket and PLB […]

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 […]

Shipping: Is the industry safer than ever? Part II

  In Part I of our blog, Shipping: Is the Industry safer than ever, we discussed recent research that shows losses at sea in the shipping industry have been on a consistent downward trend over the past ten years.  That post reviewed historic regulations that have contributed to better safety at sea.  Today we will […]

Shipping: Is the industry safer than ever? Part I

  According to recent research, losses at sea in the shipping industry have been on a consistent downward trend over the past ten years – with 153 losses registered in 1996 and only 51 recorded for 2016 as of November 25, 2016.  What could be the main reasons for this and why is the industry safer […]

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 […]

Blog Image with USCG Vessel, Airplane and McMurdo's PLB

Never Underestimate the Power of the PLB

  As a seasoned product manager at McMurdo – and an engineer on ships around the world for years before – I appreciate the global search and rescue (SAR) ecosystem that helps protect the lives of our customers every day. Recently, I was reminded of the strength of one of the smallest parts of that […]

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 […]