Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System for Search and Rescue

Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System for Search and Rescue

James V. King (Communications Research Centre, Canada)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-624-2.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter outlines the development and evolution of the Cospas-Sarsat system, describes the principle of operation, presents the current status and looks at the future of the system. Cospas-Sarsat, an international satellite system for search and rescue, started operating in 1982 and has been credited with saving many thousands of lives since then. More than a million aviators, mariners and land users worldwide are equipped with Cospas-Sarsat distress beacons that could help save their lives in emergency situations anywhere in the world. A constellation of satellites is circling the globe monitoring for distress signals, while tracking stations on six continents receive the satellite signals, compute the location of the emergency and quickly forward the distress alert information to the appropriate rescue authorities. This is a big improvement over the pre-satellite era, when distress signals from remote regions or far out at sea might not have been heard for many days or even weeks.

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Preface
Phillip Olla
Acknowledgment
Phillip Olla
Chapter 1
Angie Bukley, Olga Zhdanovich
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Space Technologies For The Research Of Effective Water Management – A Case Study
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Chapter 2
N. Raghavendra Rao
Deliberate exploitation of natural resources and excessive use of environmentally abhorrent materials have resulted in environmental disruptions... Sample PDF
Using Space Technology For Natural Resource Management
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Pasquale Pace
The theme of this chapter is how space technologies and satellite applications can mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters. The... Sample PDF
Using Space Technology for Disaster Monitoring, Mitigation and Damage Assessment
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Chapter 4
James V. King
This chapter outlines the development and evolution of the Cospas-Sarsat system, describes the principle of operation, presents the current status... Sample PDF
Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System for Search and Rescue
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Chapter 5
Justo Alcázar Díaz, Tirso Velasco
This chapter introduces the concept of Satellite Navigation in the context of space infrastructures and technologies that can contribute for... Sample PDF
Global Navigation Satellite Systems And Services
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Agnieszka Chodorek, Robert R. Chodorek
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The Satellite Internet: The Convergence Of Communication And Data Networks
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Juan Jorge Quiroga
Nowadays it is possible to achieve low cost and short production times space missions using satellites with a mass below 10 kg. These small... Sample PDF
The Era Of Nanosatellites : Pehuensat Development Status
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Chapter 8
Phillip Olla
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Digital Bridges: Extending ICT To Rural Communities Using Space Technologies
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Lesley Jane Smith, Kay-Uwe Hörl
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Constructing The European Space Policy: Past, Present And Future
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Ikuko Kuriyama
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Application of Satellite Earth Observation for Improving the Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
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Dimitris J. Kraniou
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Extraterrestrial Space Regimes And Macro-Projects: A Review Of Socio-Economic And Political Issues
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Stella Tkatchova, Michel van Pelt
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Commercialisation Of Space Technology For Tomorrow's Space Missions
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Larry J. Paxton
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Challenges In Knowledge Management: Maintaining Capabilities Through Innovative Space Missions
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Jacques Arnould
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Robert A. Goehlich
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Commerce in Space: Aspects of Space Tourism
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Paul E. Nelson
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Space Elevator: Generating Interest In The Future Of Space Access
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Chris Robinson
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