Around the world...around the clock...NOAA proudly stands watch.
As an integral part of worldwide search and rescue, NOAA operates the Search
And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System to detect and locate
mariners, aviators, and recreational enthusiasts in distress almost anywhere
in the world at anytime and in almost any condition.
The SARSAT system uses NOAA satellites in low-earth
and geostationary orbits to detect and locate aviators, mariners, and
land-based users in distress. The satellites relay distress signals from
emergency beacons to a network of ground stations and ultimately to the U.S. Mission Control Center (USMCC) in Suitland, Maryland. The USMCC processes the distress signal and alerts
the appropriate search and rescue authorities to who is in distress and, more
importantly, where they are located. Truly, SARSAT takes the
"search" out of search and rescue!