The IEEE engineering milestone “First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Technology, 1982” dedication ceremony held on 9th Sept 2019

The dedication ceremony to commemorate the “*First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Location Technology, 1982* was successfully held at the Canada Space and Aviation Museum  in Ottawa on 9th September 2019.  Bronze plaques, both in English and French, were unveiled by the chief guest Dr. Robert Thirsk and IEEE President José M. F. Moura in the presence of IEEE Canada President Dr. Maike Luiken.  The event was attended by more than 50 guests including representatives from National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Canadian Armed Forces, National Research Council, and Dept. of
National Defense.


The citation on the plaque is as following:

*First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Location Technology, 1982*

*On 9 September 1982 an aircraft crashed in the mountains of British

Columbia. A Canadian ground station in Ottawa located the aircraft using

the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. Search and rescue teams were dispatched

and all on board were rescued. Since the first incident, many tens of

thousands of lives have been saved around the world using this technology. *

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