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63 Council session of the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The closed 63 Session of the COSPAS-SARSAT Council (CSC-63/CLD) was held via teleconference on May 27 and 29, 2020.

Four parties of the COSPAS-SARSAT International Program: Canada, France, Russian Federation and USA, as well as representatives of the European Commission and the COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat took part in CSC-63/CLD.

The Council paid particular attention to Program management, development of COSPAS-SARSAT LEOSAR satellite constellation, MEOSAR implementation, development of the second-generation beacons, as well as distress tracking emergency locator transmitters ELT (DT) in accordance with ICAO requirements.

The Russian Federation informed on the progress of Commissioning of the low-orbit satellite Meteor-M No. 2-2, and also confirmed plans for launches of Meteor-M No. 2-3 and 2-4, planned for 2021 and 2022.

The Council noted information on the readiness of LEOLUT for receiving and processing data from Meteor-M No. 2-2 provided by the COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat.

The Council considered the recommendation of the EWG-2/2020 and approved the proposed amendments to the COSPAS-SARSAT Operational and Technical Standards due to the development of the ELT (DT) and RLS beacons.

The Parties will continue developing a draft Declaration of Intent for Co-operation on the Development and Evaluation of Chinese MEOSAR Space Segment based on GNSS Beidoy between Co-operating Agencies of the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme and Republic of China.

The Council worked out an agenda for 2020-2021 and decided to reschedule 34th Joint Committee Meeting for the autumn 2020. Next 64th Session of the COSPAS-SARSAT Council is scheduled for early 2021. At the same time, Council noted that the plan of the COSPAS-SARSAT meetings might be revised due to the change of epidemiological situation.