Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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Mission Control Center in Suitland, Maryland. Photos courtesy NOAA. Cospas-Sarsat system overview. Diagram courtesy of U.S. SARSAT program. Given the importance of the mission, the member nations readily approved implementation of a QMS, and now report on their performance within Cospas- 6DUVDW DV ZHOO DV H[WHUQDOO\ WR NH\ VWDNHKROGHUV VXFK as ICAO and IMO.3 The Future There are many opportunities for Cospas-Sarsat in the coming years, such as a growing and global demand for distress alerting services, as the user commu- QLW\ FRQWLQXHV WR H[SDQG DQG H[SHFWDWLRQV IRU VDIHW\ LQFUHDVH ,Q WKLV UHJDUG &RVSDV 6DUVDW KDV H[SDQGHG its services to include an international registration database where nations and individuals can register their beacons if a national administration does not provide those services. Rescues involving recreational mariners are on the rise. However, this growth is also driving the com- mercial entry of distress alert services such as those offered by Spot LLC, which offers a commercial, fee-for-service alternative to the government-based Cospas-Sarsat system. Finally, Cospas-Sarsat is implementing a medium- Earth orbiting search and rescue (MEOSAR) system, ZKLFK ZLOO VLJQLÀFDQWO\ LPSURYH LWV GHWHFWLRQ DQG location services. (See article on page 19.) The MEO- SAR system will use satellites, such as those that provide Global Positioning System services, to relay distress signals. This new space segment will allow quicker detection and location of emergency beacons, and will ensure a stable and reliable space segment for many years to come. About the author: 0U 0HKWD LV WKH GHSXW\ GLUHFWRU RI WKH 2IÀFH RI 6DWHOOLWH DQG 3URGXFW 2SHUDWLRQV ZLWKLQ WKH 1DWLRQDO 2FHDQLF DQG $WPRVSKHULF $GPLQ- LVWUDWLRQ +H DOVR VHUYHV DV WKH 8 6 UHSUHVHQWDWLYH WR WKH &RVSDV 6DUVDW FRXQFLO ZKLFK LV UHVSRQVLEOH IRU RYHUVHHLQJ WKH PDQDJHPHQW DQG RSHUDWLRQ RI WKH ,QWHUQDWLRQDO &RVSDV 6DUVDW 3URJUDPPH Endnotes: 1. The United States, through NOAA, supplies the satellites, while Canada and France provide the actual instruments that comprise SARSAT. Russia supplies its own satellites and instruments. 2. KWWS ZZZ FRVSDV VDUVDW RUJ 3. & 6 3 &RVSDV 6DUVDW 4XDOLW\ 0DQXDO 2FWREHU http://www.cospas-sarsat.org For more INFORMATION: For more information, visit www.uscg.mil/proceedings Fall 2011 Proceedings 15

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