A world benchmark
Descending in direct line from Argos, the Sarsat programme got underway in 1982, in association with the Russian Cospas system.
Since the launch of the 1st Cospas-Sarsat instruments, this unique distress call location system has saved over 18,500 lives.
Because Argos and Cospas-Sarsat share similar technical features, both systems’ instruments have been developed concurrently. However, their missions are quite different. dedicated to studying Earth’s environment and tracking wildlife, while Cospas-Sarsat is designed to locate distress calls from aircraft, ships and land mobiles, anywhere in the world.
A new generation in the making
The first Argos 3 and Sarsat 3 instruments will be launched in 2006 on the European METOP 2 satellite operated by Eumetsat.
The launch is now scheduled for 20 May.