Galileo Search and Rescue service launched

13.04.17

The Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service is now active.

Galileo SAR is Europe’s contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT network, an international satellite-based SAR distress alert detection and information distribution system. It provides accurate, reliable and timely alert and location data to help SAR operators find and help people in distress.

With Galileo and the increased positioning accuracy it provides integrated into COSPAS-SARSAT, users will benefit from a reduction in the time it takes to detect a person at sea or in the mountains from one hour to just 10 minutes after the distress beacon is activated.

Other benefits include improved localisation of the distress beacon from 10 km to less than 5 km, increased availability and better detection of signals in difficult terrain and weather conditions

The Search and Rescue transponders on Galileo satellites can pick up signals emitted from any 406-MHz distress beacon anywhere in the service coverage area and transmit this information to the dedicated ground stations, making rescue operations easier at sea, on land, and in the air.

A return link that ensures users that their distress signal has been received and help is on the way is expected to be made available at the end of 2018.

For more information about Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR), click here.