The multi-national, free to use, satellite-based search and rescue network COSPAS SARSAT will reach the 40th anniversary of its 1981 launch in less than three years. Yet, the seemly invisible lifesaving network has much to celebrate, besides the 43,000 lives saved to date through its complex infrastructure of satellites, ground stations and rescue coordination centres.
The commercial maritime industry relies on trustworthy PNT in transport infrastructure, ECDIS navigational sources, communications, search and rescue applications, fishing operations, regulation and increasingly to support digitization and vessel automation. Is your Bridge Resilient to Spoofing & Jamming?
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.
Recent research has shown that 570 fires have occurred on large vessels in Europe between 2000 and 2015, with 359 of these occurring at sea. The report produced by the Finnish Border Guard and Finnish Transport Safety Agency, shows that ship fires pose the greatest risk to maritime safety compared to other types of […]
In Part I of our blog, we reviewed the importance of having an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) with an internal antenna. Today we will address the critical differences between the 121.5MHz ELTs that many people still fly with today, versus the 406MHz associated with a GPS. Many general aviation professionals and enthusiasts already have an ELT onboard […]
What is GADSS? Following several accidents where downed aircraft could not be located at all, or only after long and expensive search efforts, the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) recommendations were adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in March 2016. In December 2015, the European Union (EU) also adopted the […]
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 […]
Whether you’re operating a general aviation aircraft or an aviation enthusiast, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever have an accident while flying and safety equipment may not be top of mind. Of course we all know that aviation incidents occur, and McMurdo is an integral part of the global system that determines your […]
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 […]
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 […]