The combination of a new search-and-rescue satellite network and second-generation emergency locator transmitters will soon transform the way distress signals are activated and detected and then generate responses. Set for initial operation in 2018, the Mid-Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue System (Meosar) will take advantage of signal repeater payloads on as many as 72 satellites in three navigation satellite networks—GPS, Galileo and Glonass—to relay distress signals from ...

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