SAR Success Stories

End-to-end solutions based on SAR/Galileo

Several research projects supported by the GSA under Horizon 2020 are creating end-to-end solutions based on the SAR/Galileo service and leveraging its Return Link.

  • SAT406M is improving the mobility and safety of citizens through the design and development of a wrist-worn PLB beacon. The wearable device includes sensors to monitor the user’s physiological characteristics, with this information being available to emergency responders via an innovative signal modulation technique. Learn more.
  • HELIOS is developing ELT, EPIRB and PLB beacons for end-to-end emergency readiness and response at sea and in the air. A range of products resulting from the project, which are expected to be available mid-2019, will utilise the updated COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system. Learn more.
  • GRICAS is developing and demonstrating a whole set of innovative operational procedures for in-flight activation of SAR beacons onboard aircraft during abnormal situations, in order to improve safety and security of air navigation. It includes the development of an autonomous distress tracking (ADT) system for aircraft based on ELT-DT, using the unique SAR/Galileo Return Link service and the validation. Learn more.
  • MOBNET will design a Search and Rescue (SAR) system for the location of isolated victims in the case of natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or large snow storms. It will also help first responder services to find fugitives or smugglers hidden within buildings. Learn more.
  • GSARSED: The MEOSAR system is devoted to providing benefits for the global SAR service, where the LEOSAR and GEOSAR systems are currently fully operational. The MEOSAR system will provide considerable benefits to the global SAR service, enhancing the capabilities from both previous C/S systems. Learn more.
  • I2GPS will develop a novel, integrated approach for the use of synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR data from GMES) and GNSS for use in the monitoring of subsidence, tectonic changes or other environmental hazards, which can only be identified by millimetric precision survey techniques. Learn more.
  • GIANT-2 intends to accelerate the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector, including in helicopter search and rescue (SAR) areas. Learn more.
  • GIMS: The main objective of the GIMS project is to build and commercialize an advanced low-cost system based on EGNSS, Copernicus SAR and other in-situ sensors, like inertial measurement units, for the purpose of monitoring ground deformations with a focus on landslides and subsidence. Learn more.
  • SARA: The purpose of the SARA project is to engineer and to start to commercialise a dedicated solution, based on an already existing prototype, to be used for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Surveillance purposes (primary market). Learn more.
  • GRIMASSE project proposes an operational concept based on anchoring the Galileo SAR service in the SWIM information sharing concept implemented all around the world and in Europe in particular as SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research). Learn more.
  • SINSIN: The project’s overall objective is to develop a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) embedded with an enhanced EGNSS receiver, and respectively enhance a MEOLUT, enabling localization with only 1-2 satellites in view and improving the standard 'slow moving beacon' localization accuracy by a factor of x10, paving the way to an effective mass market terrestrial Search and Rescue service based on SAR/Galileo. Learn more.
  • GISAR: The main objective of the project is the design, development and validation of a MEOSAR (medium Earth orbit search and rescue) ground segment prototype, as well as the participation in both the DASS POC experimentation and the Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase. Learn more.

Funding opportunities available

To support further uptake of Galileo by beacon manufacturers, the GSA is offering funding opportunities under its Fundamental Elements programme, along with the Horizon 2020 programme for research programme. Learn more.

Updated: Oct 30, 2019