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The system is a global VSAT-based, multi-layer communications platform that immediately fills the gap at the onset of large-scale disasters. In addition to a global VSAT network, it provides the prepositioned equipment, always-available satellite capacity, rapid deployment from air rescue jets and a suite of applications to provide humanitarian responders with connectivity as well as communication and coordination facilities. The system is the result of cooperation between the Government of Luxembourg and the satellite industry. It has been integrated into the UN and EU operational disaster management procedures and has been offered as “a global public good” for the past three years. Most recently, the service performed life-saving tasks following the powerful 25 April, 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It is also credited with supporting reconstruction efforts following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, as well as communication and coordination efforts following the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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