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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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