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2013-03-28 12:20:37

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty years ago today the premier launch of the Advanced TIROS-N satellite series ­carried a very special hosted payload aboard - the first Search and Rescue (SAR) payload on a U.S. satellite. The satellite, NOAA-E, was designed and built at the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) (then RCA Astrospace Division) facility in East Windsor, N.J. To date, over 33,000 lives have been saved as a direct result of the Search and Rescue...

First Space Test Passed By Galileo’s Search And Rescue System
2013-01-23 13:34:19

ESA The first switch-on of a Galileo search and rescue package shows it to be working well. Its activation begins a major expansion of the space-based Cospas—Sarsat network, which brings help to air and sea vessels in distress. The second pair of Europe´s Galileo navigation satellites — launched together on 12 October last year — are the first of the constellation to host SAR search and rescue repeaters. These can pick up UHF signals from emergency beacons aboard...

The Washable Wearable Antenna
2011-09-29 09:12:57

Wearing an antenna — without anyone knowing — is making a splash in the world of search and rescue. ESA has provided research and development guidance to Finnish company Patria, with the help of Tampere University of Technology, in designing a search and rescue radio antenna that can be sewn into a life vest.  Made from highly flexible, lightweight material that is robust against water exposure and moist conditions, and resistant to wear and tear, this special antenna...

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2011-08-02 07:10:00

Personal locator beacon proves essential to teen hikers A NOAA geostationary satellite played a pivotal role in the July 23 rescue of a group of student hikers from a vicious grizzly bear attack in Alaska, helping direct first responders to the scene. The teenagers were hiking through the Alaska wilderness and crossing a creek about 93 miles north of Anchorage when the bear attacked. Of the four teens injured by the attack, two required hospitalization. Other members of the hiking troop...

2008-06-19 12:00:06

Text of report in English by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Minsk, 19 June: The implementation of Belarusian space projects should continue, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said. "We do not have to be some space superpower, but we will continue our space programme because we now have a good school," Lukashenka told students of Minsk universities after the groundbreaking ceremony for a students' campus in Minsk on Thursday [19 June]. We need to continue...