A space-based public service platform for terrestrial rescue operationsThe space-based Public Service Platform (PSP) is a multibeam, high-gain communications relay satellite that can provide a variety of functions for a large number of people on earth equipped with extremely small, very low cost transceivers. This paper describes the PSP concept, the rationale used to derive the concept, the criteria for selecting specific communication functions to be performed, and the advantages of performing such functions via satellite. The discussion focuses on the benefits of using a PSP for natural disaster warning; control of attendant rescue/assistance operations; and rescue of people in downed aircraft, aboard sinking ships, lost or injured on land.
Fleisig, R. (Grumman Aerospace Corp. Bethpage, NY, United States)
Bernstein, J. (Grumman Aerospace Corp. Bethpage, N.Y., United States)
Cramblit, D. C. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)