Resilient Emergency and Search and Rescue (SAR) Communications

CRC Project Number: 1-07

Project Leader: Mark Rice, Safety from Space

Participants: Safety from Space, Myriota, Black Art Technologies, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Australian Maritime and Safety Authority, NASA SAR Office.

The aim of the project is to develop enhanced system requirements and resilient architectural designs, waveforms and protocols for selected concepts of operation and use cases, that will improve the efficacy and operation of the current system.

Existing Search and Rescue (SAR) systems suffer from operational and performance limitations that limit their effectiveness.  This project will initially focus on the current internationally used Cospas-Sarsat SAR system, a system constrained by a number of existing specifications and requirements, and then extend to additional applications.  The first phase of this work will develop enhanced system requirements and resilient architectural designs, waveforms and protocols for selected concepts of operation and use cases, that will improve the efficacy and operation of the current system.

This phase will not only look at the Cospas-Sarsat system, but also extend to investigating how emergency management can be impacted and enhanced.  Further, it will study initial architecture options for a prospective new environment being developed by NASA to support the safety of astronauts (called LunaSAR) as part of the Moon to Mars ARTEMIS program.