Quick Statistics


As of December 2015 the Cospas-Sarsat System had provided assistance in rescuing at least 41,750 persons in over 11,788 SAR events.

As of December 2016:

Governments and Agencies that are Cospas-Sarsat Programme "Participants"


4 Parties to the Cospas-Sarsat Agreement

27 Ground Segment Providers

10 User States

2 Participating Organisations

Total = 43 Participants


The Components of the Cospas-Sarsat System

Distress Beacons Worldwide about 2,000,000

Ground Segment

Mission Control Centres (MCCs): 30



Space Segment 

LEOSAR satellites: 5

GEOSAR satellites: 5


System Operation

A more detailed description of the System status is provided in the Cospas-Sarsat "System Data" document available on our Professionals website (Pro/Documents). 

This document includes:

  • Statistics on the number of SAR events assisted by Cospas-Sarsat, and the number of lives rescued in these events

  • Maps depicting LEOSAR and GEOSAR coverage

  • The list of countries and organisations which participate in the management of the Programme and System operation

  • Space and ground segment equipment availability

  • The list of type approved 406 MHz beacons and beacon manufacturers

  • Estimated beacon population