History and Experience of the Programme

Join us in learning about the grassroots efforts that started the Programme, how it grew through the Cold War years, and developed into a global search and rescue adventure using space communication that it is now poised to evolve again into the MEOSAR phase.

This important work was commissioned by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) to capture a snapshot of the Programme from the earliest space policies of the 1960s and 1970s through to the next stage of technology when planning of MEOSAR started in 2009.

You will find highlights of rescue stories, as well as many historical pictures and photos, graphs and tables to help gain an appreciation for the pioneering efforts of the many people, Administrations and agencies involved in creating and supporting the Programme.

 

The document may be accessed here:

The History and Experience of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme for Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue

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The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has announced the addition of its Cospas-Sarsat Study Report to its publications page.

This document, "The History and Experience of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme for Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue" was commissioned by the IAF/IAA/IISL Advisory Committee on History Activities, and edited by Daniel Levesque, former Head of Cospas-Sarsat Secretariat.