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SAT406M Report Summary

Project ID: 640387

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SAT406M (An EGNSS application providing an end-to-end solution based on the SAR/Galileo service and particularly using the Return-Link-Message (RLM), to improve the mobility and safety of citizens)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Problem/issue being addressed: Search and Rescue of people in distress

Importance for society: improve the mobility and safety of citizens

Overall objectives:
1. Demonstrate a communication method for increasing SAR data throughput between a beacon and SAR/Galileo system.
2. Implement an application of uplink communication solution that monitors the beacon user’s physiological status.
3. Propose and promote a solution to combine this new uplink and Galileo Return Link downlink to improve the rescue operations.
4. Develop a marine Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) based on the SAR/Galileo service.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

1. Designed, built and tested SAT406M PLB prototype
2. Demonstrated and verified communication method (named: EIB) between SAT406M PLB and MEOLUT
3. Tested, analyzed and recorded Time of Emission (ToE) accuracy of SAT406M PLB
4. Enhanced the independent localization of the SAT406M PLB at the MEOLUT
5. Developed a prototype SW to determine the physiological status of the SAT406M user

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

1. PLB displaying distress acknowledgement to user, based on Galileo Return Link Service
2. PLB reporting user's physiological status
3. PLB alerting distress on two channels: a. worldwide, via Galileo, GPS and Glonass satellites; and b. local, via marine VHF Digital Selective Calling.
4. Enhancing MEOLUT independent beacon localization accuracy
5. Enabling MEOLUT independent beacon localization based on single satellite and multiple bursts

Beyond providing a SAR/Galileo PLB integrating a VHF marine radio with the satellite beacon, in a friendly wrist-worn form, SAT406M is expected to contribute to the adoption of the RLS - the unique SAR/Galileo Return Link Service by which the distress call is been acknowledged. It is expected that users will much appreciate that feature, which will provide self confidence and moral encouragement during the not easy hours of waiting for a rescue to come.

Related information

Record Number: 194857 / Last updated on: 2017-02-16
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