GRICAS consortium (CNES, Thales Alenia Space and ELTA) participated to Cospas-Sarsat Joint Committee 31 in October2017in Montreal, Canada, to present the progress of GRICAS project and the results of the two first GRICAS in-flight demonstrations. GRICAS consortium released 8 papers directly linked to GRICAS progress and outputs, both working and information papers, all very well received and debated during the plenary and splinter meetings of the Joint Committee and the Operational and Technical Working Groups:
- JC-31-0414: MEOLUT and MCC interface specifications for moving beacons
- JC-31-0432: Recommendations for ELT(DT) cancellation management by MCC and RCC
- JC-31-Inf-01: Localization performances of SGB ELT(DT) prototype on-board an aircraft and a rotorcraft
- JC-31-Inf-02: considerations on location of moving beacons in the MEOSAR system
- JC-31-Inf-05: Performance results on C/S T.001 static and moving beacons
- JC-31-Inf-06: Performance results on SGB static and moving beacons
- JC-31-Inf-07: Considerations on operational management of moving beacons at MEOLUT and MCC level
- JC-31-Inf-40: Considerations on ELT(DT) position errors
GRICAS, thanks to Thales Alenia Space, the project coordinator, was the major contributors to publications on the most sensitive items of the meeting with a total of 16 papers addressing:
- Moving beacons including ELT(DT)
- Performances and impacts of SGB
- Interferences in the SAR band
- Reference beacons for the MEOSAR
The participation of GRICAS partners to C/S meetings has been very much appreciated.The quality and relevance of the presented papers (all addressing major agenda items) were highlighted several times by the Secretariat of C/S and the key delegations (Canada, USA, Russia, France, United-Kingdoms…).The involvement of GRICAS consortium and the operational and technical approach led to excellent working relationships with the JC participants. GRICAS consortium, in particular through Thales Alenia Space representation,distinguishes itself from its competitors with a dual approach well balanced between operational and technical problematic. It is now known as a COSPAS/SARSAT partner looking for solution fitting the expressed needs and difficulties of the SAR operators. Its contribution to the Operational Working Group is valued and appreciated as much as its participation to the Technical Working Group.
GRICAS consortium took the opportunity of a SAR responders splinter gathering most of the SAR operators attending the C/S JC-31 to remind them of the necessity to express their needs and difficulties in SAR operations so that Research and Development projects like GRICAS and future H2020 European projects of GSA can work on developing appropriate solutions and make C/S MEOSAR and Galileo SAR the best solution to SAR challenges.
Finally, C/S participants are now looking forward to hearing from GRIMASSE project progress as they expect GRIMASSE consortium to pursue for General Aviation the actions initiated with GRICAS to help bring C/S MEOSAR and Galileo SAR to their best potential.