Satellites of the National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) are part of the international satellite search and rescue system COSPAS-SARSAT (COSPAS-SARSAT). It can help you quickly detect and pinpoint the location of emergency beacons, the input signals of distress.
In 2016, NOAA satellites helped save 307 lives. This is the highest figure since 2007, when it was saved by 353 persons, informs a portal Phys.org.
Among the 307 cases of recovery last year, 205 are in water rescue and 23 rescue associated with wrecks of aircraft, 79 — save on land for the individual drive signals of the beacons (PLBs).
Satellite search and rescue system COSPAS-SARSAT were launched in 1982. Since then, with her help, there were more than 41 000 rescue operations, including more than 8,000 in the United States and adjacent waters.