The MEOLUT (Medium Earth Orbit Local User Terminal) is part of the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) System of the COSPAS-SARSAT System. The Space Segment of the MEOSAR system is composed of the constellations: SAR/Galileo, DASS/GPS and SAR/Glonass.
The SAR/Galileo system is based on a number of Galileo satellites equipped with SAR payloads that relay distress beacon signals back to Earth. SAR/Galileo System is composed of the Ground Segment of the COSPAS-SARSAT System and the Ground and Space Segment of the SAR/Galileo System.
The MEOSAR system will provide significant benefits to Global Search & Rescue Services reinforcing the advantages of the two previous systems (LEOSAR & GEOSAR). Basically, the COSPAS-SARSAT and SAR/GALILEO systems will be able to meet all worldwide requirements for Search & Rescue.
Cyprus becomes a Ground Segment Provider
In 2010, the Republic of Cyprus and the European Commission reached an agreement on the establishment of a GALILEO ground station. This will render Cyprus as a Ground Segment Provider through a network of three European Earth Stations (MEOLUTs) who will be located in Cyprus, Norway and Spain (Maspalomas).
Currently, the installation of the MEOLUT station in Cyprus has been completed and the system is undergoing an operational acceptance test prior to its operational capability establishment which is planned to take place within 2015.
EUROPEAN (MEOLUT) GROUND STATIONS NETWORK
FUTURE OPERATION OF THE SATELLITE SEARCH & RESCUE SYSTEM IN
CYPRUS AND THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN