Overview of the International Satellite-Based COSPAS-SARSAT System

  • Wei Wang
  • Shuming WangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 972)


In order to provide emergency distress altering capacity from an aircraft, vessel or individual in distress, the COSPAS-SARSAT (COSPAS is an acronym for the Russian words “Cosmicheskaya Sistema Poiska Avariynyh Sudov,” which translates to “space system for the search of vessels in distress”; SARSAT is an acronym for search and rescue satellite-Aided tracking) international satellite system has been operational for many years. In this paper, we give a detailed description of the system, looking at beacons, the space segment, and the ground segment; we also compare the system performance by using first generation and second generation of 406 MHz beacons, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Intelligent Transportation DepartmentChina Transport Telecommunication & Information CenterBeijingChina
  2. 2.Research and Development Center (Beijing)Shandong Institute of Aerospace Electronics TechnologyBeijingChina

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