NOAA Satellite Fleet Saved 330 Lives in 2021

Vessels with emergency beacons tap into satellites.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered with NASA in 1982 to start the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system, a network of satellites used to locate distress signals from emergency beacons. Using the federal registration of emergency beacons installed on boats and planes, the satellite fleet helped to rescue 330 people in life-threatening situations in 2021.

“Each rescue shows the SARSAT system works as planned,” said Steve Volz, assistant NOAA administrator for Satellite and Information Service. “Its life-saving ability is built on four decades of teamwork with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and our international partners.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • With gratitude for the lives saved through the emergency beacon tracking satellite system.
  • For Assitant Administrator Volz as he oversees NOAA’s satellite and information service.
  • For U.S. Coast Guard members who regularly search for and rescue people who are lost or in peril.

Sources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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