Cellular search-and-rescue system RCAF’s domestic priority

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Ahmad Hathout

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is currently testing radio technology mounted on search-and-rescue aircraft that communicates with mobile phones of lost or missing people in areas without cell coverage.

The project is considered by officials to be its “highest domestic mission,” according to documents obtained by The Wire Report. An interim RCAF report outlines the result of a test of “digital receiver technology” known as Artemis, which was completed in early February by the concept development and experimental branch of RCAF. The report was published later that month.

It’s the first project to use a licence issued under the new developmental license program of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), according to the documents. RCAF spokesman Steven Dieter said in an email to this publication that a final report — which was not provided — was completed in October this year and the findings are currently being “reviewed and considered.”

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