The film tells about a new space search system for emergency ships and aircraft - the COSPAS system, developed in our country. Filmed by order of the USSR Ministry of the Navy. Part 1 The emblem of the space search system for emergency ships "COSPAS". Sea waves roll ashore. Seagulls over the waves. Men do exercises on the breakwaters. A small child comes up to the water. The boy collects a model of a sailing ship. Students of the maritime school test ship models on a special stand. Cadets of the naval school in the classroom. The cadets are walking through the park. An evening of relaxation at the school: a brass band plays, the cadets dance with the girls. G. Odessa. Monument to the Duke de Richelieu on Primorsky Boulevard. People are going down the Potemkin Stairs. Pensioners are sitting on a bench in the park. Artists near easels on the embankment. The movement of passenger ships in the port of Odessa. Flags on ships. Loading and unloading works. Passenger motor ship "Kazakhstan" departs from the berth. Passengers wave to those who see them off. The cargo ship "Molochansk" and the tug go to sea. Passenger motor ship on the way. The sailor monitors the mooring of the vessel. Those who meet at the pier. Members of the ship's crew descend the ladder to the berth. Newsreel footage of 1964: meeting of the survivors of the crash of the coal-mining ship "Uman" in the port of Odessa. Launching a wreath from a ship. The man rings the bell. Newsreel footage of maritime disasters: ship sinking, ship fire; the wreckage of a sunken ship in the sea, etc. Photographs of sea disasters in foreign newspapers. List of sunken ships. Book by J. Verne "Children of Captain Grant". Fragments from the feature film "Children of Captain Grant" (1936, directed by V.P. Weinstock). Actors: Nikolai Vitovtov (Edward Glenarvan), David Gutman (McNabbs), Maria Strelkova (Elena Glenarvan), Mikhail Romanov (Captain John Mangles). 2 part Radio communication tower. The coast station communicators transmit and receive signals, stop working, silence on the air. Ship at sea. The communications officer on the ship stops working. Alarm clock. The drift of ice is in the ice. Fire on the ship, crew members are running up the stairs. A signalman in the radio room, which is filled with smoke. Antenna on the ship. Liner, pleasure boat at sea. Passengers of the liner at a restaurant for lunch. Dance evening on board the ship: vocal and instrumental ensemble performs (sync.); couples are dancing, visitors are near the bar. Crew members on the bridge. The radio operator in the radio room. Stills from the feature film ["Angel's Day", 1968, Odessa Film Studio, directed by S. Govorukhin]: a burning ship in the sea; evacuation of passengers; boats with passengers sail away from the ship; explosion on the ship. Cosmonaut G.S. Titov talks about the use of space in the national economy (sinhr.). A model of a space rescue satellite, an onboard radio complex of the COSPAS system, an emergency radio beacon in the Cosmos pavilion at VDNKh. Animation illustrating the work of COSPAS. Experts in the laboratory are dismantling the emergency beacon. Tests of the radio beacon on a vibration stand, in a climatic chamber, in a pool. The emblem of the international satellite search and rescue system SARSAT. Part 3 Newsreel footage of 1982: participants of the meeting of the international coordination group COSPAS-SARSAT in the hall; the chairman of the All-Union Association of Electric Radio Navigation and Satellite Communications "Morsvyazsputnik" Y.S.Atserov opens the meeting (sync.); Among those present are members of the coordination group from the USA, Canada, France and observers from the UK and Norway, incl. Yu.Yu. Makarov; signing of documents on the final day of the work of the coordination group; interview with one of the developers of the COSPAS-SARSAT system Yu.G. Zurabov (sinhr.), American representative T. McGanigal (sinhr.), Canadian representative D. McGinnon (sinhr.), French representative G. Brachette (sinhr.). Sale of newspapers at the kiosk. People are queuing at the kiosk. A man reads a newspaper on the go. Newspaper headlines "World Space Aid", "SOS Through Space". Newsreel footage of 1975: the docking of the Soyuz and Apollo spacecraft in orbit; observers in the MCC at the monitor screens; American cosmonauts transfer to the Soviet spacecraft; the cosmonaut joins the halves of the Soyuz-Apollo commemorative medal. USA and USSR ". Cosmonaut G.S. Titov talks about the COSPAS-SARSAT system (sync.). Newsreel footage of 1982: members of the international coordination group visit the Cosmos pavilion at VDNKh; samples of space technology in the pavilion; meeting of foreign guests with Soviet designers of emergency beacons. Animation illustrating the operation of the COSPAS-SARSAT system. Newsreel footage of 1982: launching a rocket into space; launching a satellite of the COSPAS-SARSAT system into orbit. The satellite dish rotates. Ship at sea. Crew members on the bridge. The crew members are checking their watches. The captain switches on the emergency radio beacon at the agreed time. 4 part Building and antenna of the coastal station for receiving information. Specialists receive information during the next communication session. A poster with the SARSAT-COSPAS emblem. On the monitor screen the coordinates of the vessel. Cargo ship "Arkhangelsk" at sea. A sailor throws an emergency beacon overboard. Stills from feature films: emergency landing of a single-engine aircraft in the snow; fire on board; a man tries to put out a fire; pilots leave the plane; plane explosion; an airplane with a smoking engine in the air; emergency landing in the mountains. The testers install emergency beacons in the forest, in the ice, in the mountains. The plane flies over the mountains .. Signals at work in the Soviet center of the SARSAT-COSPAS system in Moscow. Equipment for receiving information from three points located in Vladivostok, Arkhangelsk, Moscow. Data processing on a computer. On the screens of the monitors, signals received from the French and American beacons. Teletext transmission of information to the respective national centers. Naval officers in a class on the SARSAT-COSPAS system. Joint exercises of the COSPAS system and emergency services on board the Marshal Vorobyov cargo ship and the Mardakan tanker. Evacuation of the crew of a tanker on which a fire breaks out. The sailor turns on the emergency radio beacon. Satellite antenna. Signalers at work at the information reception center in Moscow. Emergency message on the display screen in the office of the dispatch center of the rescue service of the USSR Ministry of the Navy. The dispatcher works with the map, sends telegrams to the captains of ships that are in the disaster zone. The ship "Storm" is moving to the scene of the accident. Rescue ships approach the disaster site. Fire ships extinguish a fire on a tanker. The helicopter flies over the colliding ships. Firefighters disembark on a burning tanker. Foam pumps are working. Firefighters in special suits extinguish the fire on the tanker. Foam around the tanker. Part 5 Ships at the pier of the [Murmansk] seaport. Port cranes. The cargo ship "Uryupinsk" in the port. Ice drift on the way. Lieutenant General of Aviation, Hero of the Soviet Union, Chief of the Polar Aviation of the Northern Sea Route MI Shevelev speaks about the difficulties of finding ships, aircraft, people in the Arctic (sinhr.) Icebreaker "Captain Nikolaev" is in the ice. A sailor checks the emergency beacon on the ship. The helicopter flies over the mountains, lands in a mountain valley. Journalist V. Taratorkin talks about rescuing firefighters in the taiga (sinhr.). Waves roll onto the shore. A naval officer on the shore. People stand in line at the information bureau in the Odessa port, asking about ships arriving in Odessa. A military brass band of sailors is playing. The cadets are dancing with the girls. The ship "Arkhangelsk" is moving in the ice. A naval officer looks through binoculars on a ship. The radio operator at work in the radio room. Sea view in the evening. Young people on the deck of the ship "Kazakhstan". Communication equipment on board. Emergency beacon on deck. The attendant looks through binoculars on the bridge. View of the sunset from the ship.