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NASA Developed Second-Generation SAR Beacon Technology

Reportedly, NASA’s SAR (Search and Rescue) office, technology advancement directed for the global Cospas-Sarsat plan has made second-generation emergency beacons that present users with better accuracy and faster response times. Artemis astronauts coming from the Moon would be the first users of the beacons, which will be commercially obtainable to the common public in the upcoming few years. The Cospas-Sarsat plan started as a mutual universal attempt to offer first-responders by satellite-supported distress location services. From its establishment in 1979, the plan has grown from a deal amid France, Canada, the U.S., and the former Soviet Union to include 45 nations and organizations across the globe.

Since its inception, NASA has contributed to its technical expertise for the program. To serve best to the users of the system, the SAR headquarters at GSFC (Goddard Space Flight Center), Maryland has created emergency beacons plus the flight and ground systems that support them for wide-ranging applications. Lisa Mazzuca—Mission Manager of SAR—said, “NASA takes pride in its role in Cospas-Sarsat. Our technological knowledge presents the U.S. and the universal community with new SAR abilities and even better services.” Whilst the novel satellite-supported SAR planning has served sailors, aviators, and adventurers well for several years, NASA along with Cospas-Sarsat reported a need for faster response times and more precise location data than the system can accommodate.

On a similar note, recently it was stated that weather satellites can be equipped with SAR capabilities. The same satellites that detect severe weather can aid in saving from it. The NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s) GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) constellation tracks the Earth’s atmosphere, helping meteorologists to examine and forecast the weather. The GOES observations have monitored tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, and hurricanes. They have even proven valuable for monitoring forest fires, dust storms, and volcanic activity.

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