Cospas-Sarsat The International Cospas-Sarsat Programme is a satellite-based search and rescue (SAR) distress alert detection and information distribution system, best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress.Read More
The Mission The International Cospas-Sarsat Programme provides accurate, timely, and reliable distress alert and location data to help search and rescue authorities assist persons in distress.Read More
The Council The Cospas-SarsatCouncilis composed of one Representative from each of the four Parties to the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme Agreement (ICSPA), namely Canada, France, Russia and the USA. Read More
The Secretariat The Cospas-Sarsat Secretariat is the administrative body of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme. Its mission is to assist the Council in the implementation of all its functions in support of the management of the Programme.Read More
Participants The Participants include the 4 Parties to the Cospas-Sarsat International Programme Agreement (Canada, France, Russia and the USA), 26 Ground Segment Providers, 11 User States and 2 Organisations.Read More
Registering Your Beacon
Ensures that Search-and-Rescue Authorities in an Emergency Can Retrieve Crucial Information About You, Your Aircraft or Vessel, and Your Emergency Contacts.
A Cospas-Sarsat 406-MHz beacon, also called a distress radio beacon or emergency beacon, is a radio transmitter that can be activated in a life-threatening emergency to summon assistance from government authorities.
Registering your beacon may make the difference between life and death. By registering your beacon you allow search-and-rescue authorities in an emergency to retrieve crucial information about you, your aircraft or vessel, and people who can provide valuable information about you (your emergency contacts).