Mission Control Centre (Cospas-Sarsat)

In the field of Search and Rescue, Mission Control Centres (MCCs) are a type of clearinghouse responsible for receiving and distributing distress signal alerts from distress radiobeacons. MCCs are a core component of the international satellite system for Search and Rescue - Cospas-Sarsat.

The functions of an MCC are:[1]

  • to collect, store and sort the data from LUTs and other MCCs;
  • to provide international and national data exchange within the Cospas-Sarsat System; and
  • to distribute alert and location data to associated Rescue coordination centres (RCCs) or SAR Points of Contact (SPOCs)

As of 13 May 2009, there are 29 MCCs around the world.[2]

List of Mission Control Centres

  • Canadian Mission Control Centre (CMCC)
  • United Kingdom Mission Control Centre (UKMCC)
  • United States Mission Control Center (USMCC)


  1. ^ http://www.cospas-sarsat.org/Description/mccs.htm
  2. ^ http://www.cospas-sarsat.org/Status/statusSummary.htm

See also