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  1. Opening of Cospas-Sarsat French Mission Control Centre and SAR-Galileo Service Centre

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    June 29, 2016

    Tuesday 28 June at the Toulouse Space Centre (CST), CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall officially opened the Cospas-Sarsat French Mission Control Centre (FMCC) and the SAR-Galileo Service Centre alongside Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General with responsibility for space at the European Commission, Bruno Chazal, Chair of the Cospas-Sarsat Council, and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) and the Directorate of Maritime Affairs (DAM).

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  2. SAR GALILEO

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    September 4, 2020

    CNES has been working for a long time with the European Commission and GSA to establish the SAR Galileo system and the Cospas-Sarsat Return Link.

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  3. Disappearance of EgyptAir Paris-Cairo flight MS804 CNES and French Joint Space Command help to narrow zone for teams looking for the aircraft’s data recorders

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    June 3, 2016

    CNES and French Joint Space Command (CIE) have been working together to help precisely locate the search area where signals were intercepted from the data recorders of the Airbus A320 that went down in the sea on 19 May on its way from Paris to Cairo.

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  5. Video

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    December 3, 2018

    The international Cospas-Sarsat programme’s emergency locator beacons enable 1,500 lives to be saved around the world every year.

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  10. Enhanced performance for data collection and search and rescue

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    April 12, 2006

    One has made its name tracking ocean yachtsmen, while the other has helped to save nearly 19,000 lives since 1982. Developed and operated by a network of international partners, the Argos and Sarsat systems* have evolved continuously to meet new user requirements. Today, a new generation of instruments is being readied for launch.

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  11. Cospas-Sarsat turns 20 in Biarritz

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    October 20, 2008

    The council of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite search-and-rescue programme is meeting this year in France, where the 40 member countries will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding intergovernmental agreement signed in 1988.

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  12. New Argos and Sarsat instruments in orbit

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    May 12, 2005

    The latest 2nd-generation Argos and Sarsat instruments joined their predecessors. Launched on May 20 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the NOAA-N satellite, renamed NOAA-18, reached its polar geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 870 km. The power-generating solar arrays as well as the Argos 2 and Sarsat 2 antennas were deployed 1 hour 30 after lift-off. CNES operations teams will switch on the instruments’ processing units, beginning with Sarsat 2 on May 23 in the evening. The in-orbit commissioning will be conducted through late June.

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  13. Le mystère de la migration des anguilles de Méditerranée en partie dévoilé!

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    April 14, 2016

    Une équipe internationale a pu suivre huit anguilles argentées femelles de Méditerranée équipées de balises Argos durant les 6 premiers mois de leur migration.

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  14. New chapter opening for Cospas-Sarsat

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    January 21, 2009

    20 years after its inception, a new chapter is opening for the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite search-and-rescue programme. On 1 February, it will be making the final transition to 406-MHz locator beacons and 4 days later a new Sarsat-3 instrument will be launched on the U.S. NOAA-N' satellite.

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  15. De nouvelles performances pour la collecte de données et le sauvetage

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    April 12, 2006

    L’un est devenu célèbre pour le suivi des navigateurs, l’autre a permis de sauver près de 19 000 personnes depuis 1982. Menés dans le cadre d’une coopération internationale, les systèmes Argos et Sarsat n’ont cessé d’évoluer afin de s’adapter aux demandes des utilisateurs. Aujourd’hui, une nouvelle génération d’instruments se prépare au lancement.

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