b'The U.S. Coast Guard not only coordinates, but usuallyconducts maritime SAR missions, including for the waters NOAA of Alaska. Coast Guard RCCs are set up to cover specificgeographic areas and act as command and coordinationPOLAR-ORBITING SATELLITEcenters. The geographic areas of responsibility are divided among nine Coast Guard District commands and two Rescue Sub-Centers (RSC).Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) The Alaskan SAR is carried out by Air National Guard units, the Alaska State Troopers and local borough search and rescue organizations. Located at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska.NOAA Satellites Helped Rescue 421 People in 2019The SARSAT program is operated by Canada, USA, and France, while the COSPAS system is operated by Russia. Thirty-two other nations also participate in the program. The two satellite systems work together, receiving signalsNOAAImagefrom emergency radio beacons and relaying them to groundNOAA-20 provides NOAAs National Weather stations which process the signals and calculate the locationsService with global data for numerical weather of the beacons. This allows search and rescue authorities toprediction models used to develop timely and send rescue missions to those locations.accurate U.S. weather forecasts. Of those rescues, 306 people were rescued in 96 incidents at sea, 38 people were rescued from 20 aviation incidents,In addition, high-resolution imagery from the satellites and 77 people were rescued in 61 incidents using personalVisible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, known as locator beacons (PLBs) on land. VIIRS, enable the satellite to detect fog, sea-ice forma-Since the programs inception in 1982, COSPAS-SARSATtion and breaking in the Arctic, volcanic eruptions and has been credited with supporting more than 48,000 rescueswildfires in their very early stages. worldwide, including nearly 9,100 people in the United StatesAdvanced modeling and imagery information, and its surrounding waters.shared with international and governmental partners, will help businesses, the emergency preparedness and response communities and individuals make the best decisions possible in the face of weather-related hazards.Launched November 2017, as JPSS-1 and renamed NOAA-20 once it reached orbit, the satellite features the latest and best technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar orbit to capture more precise observations of the worlds atmosphere, land and waters.NOAAImage Data from the satellites advanced instruments help COSPAS-SARSAT RESCUESimprove the accuracy of 3-to-7 day forecasts.NOAA-20 joins Suomi NPPthe NOAA-NASA 2020 In The United States demonstration satellite launched in 2011giving the Rescues at sea:U.S. the benefit of two sophisticated spacecraft in 7 people rescued in 3 incidents nearly the same orbit. Aviation rescues:Each satellite circles the Earth in a polar orbit 14 times 1 people rescued in 1 incidents a day, collecting global observations that form the basis Terrestrial PLB rescues:for U.S. weather prediction.2 people rescued in 1 incidents JPSS-2, the second in the series, is scheduled to WorldwideOver 43,000+ people rescued (since 1982) be launched in 2021, followed by JPSS-3 in 2026 and United States9,099 People Rescued(since 1982) JPSS-4 in 2031. Number of People Rescued in Calendar Year 2019 in theJPSS satellites are designed to operate for seven United States: 422 years, with the potential for several more years. Rescues at sea: 307 people rescued in 96 incidents The JPSS mission will deliver its critical data and Aviation rescues: 38 people rescued in 20 incidents information for at least the next two decades to support Terrestrial PLB rescues: 77 people rescued in 61 incidents a Weather-Ready Nation.www.sarsat.noaa.gov www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/our-satellitesAberdeen Proving Ground Military Appreciation Resource Magazine 19'