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How many satellites does COSPAS-SARSAT have?

How many satellites does COSPAS-SARSAT have?

Eleven satellites in geostationary Earth orbit with GEOSAR (geostationary Earth orbit search-and-rescue) payloads. 46 satellites in medium-altitude Earth orbit with MEOSAR (medium-altitude Earth orbit search-and-rescue) payloads.

What is the main function of the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system?

The COSPAS-SARSAT system provides distress alert and location data to RCCs (Rescue Coordination Centers) for 121.5 MHz beacons within the coverage area of COSPAS-SARSAT ground stations, referred to as LUTs (Local User Terminals), and for 406 MHz beacons activated anywhere in the world.

What are the two types of COSPAS-SARSAT satellites?

There are approximately 220,000 406-MHz beacons presently in use worldwide. The system uses two different types of satellites: polar-orbit- ing satellites in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and satellites in geosyn- chronous orbit. Russia and the United States provide the LEO satellite platforms.

What is COSPAS-SARSAT beacon?

COSPAS-SARSAT is a satellite-based monitoring system that detects and locates emergency beacons. Professional operators then notify search-and-rescue (SAR) authorities. The beacons comply with internationally agreed standards for radio communication and identification of beacon owners.

How many Geosar are there?

GEOSAR Satellites There are 9 active GEO satellites carrying SAR payloads. GEO satellites carrying SAR payloads on board are called GEOSAR satellites. Due to the global coverage these GEO satellites provide, they are able to immediately detect and identify a 406 MHz distress beacon that has been activated.

Which type of satellite is used for the ELT?

Modern ELTs operates on 406 MHz. The signal of the ELT is detected by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite network anywhere in the world. The network passes the alert to the nearest rescue authority. The COSPAS-SARSAT satellite network can detect the location of the ELT with an accuracy of 2 to 5 km.

How does the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system determine the position of a ship in distress?

How does the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system determine the position of a ship in distress? By measuring the Doppler shift of the 406 MHz signal taken at several different points in its orbit. The EPIRB always transmits its position which is relayed by the satellite to the Local User Terminal.

What is the coverage of COSPAS-SARSAT EPIRB?

A satellite covers an area within approximately 2 000 km either side of its track over the ground. If a LUT is not within view of a satellite, the information from the EPIRB which is relayed to Earth is lost.

What is Meosar?

MEOSAR stands for Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue. A satellite in a medium-altitude earth orbit has an altitude between 19,000 and 24,000km. The MEOSAR system consists of MEOSAR satellites that detect emergency distress beacons (EPIRBs, PLBs and ELTs).

How does the Sarsat work?

These satellites can detect signals coming from the Earth’s surface transmitted by 406 emergency distress beacons. These beacons operate on a 406MHz frequency and are battery powered radio transmitters designed solely to send a distress signal if activated.

What is Leosar and Geosar?

There are three types of satellites in the Cospas-Sarsat system – Low-Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue (LEOSAR) satellites; Geostationary Orbiting Search and Rescue (GEOSAR) Satellites; and Medium-Altitude Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) Satellites.