Weather satellites aid search and rescue capabilities
07 March 2018
The same satellites that identify severe weather can help save you from it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) constellation monitors Earth's environment, helping meteorologists observe and predict the weather. GOES observations have tracked thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods. They've even proven useful in monitoring dust storms, forest fires and volcanic activity.
The recently launched GOES-S (planned to replace the current GOES-West later this year) and other GOES series satellites carry a payload supported by NASA's Search and Rescue (SAR) office, which researches and develops technologies to help first responders locate people in distress worldwide, whether from a plane crash, a boating accident or other emergencies.
Image credit: NASA/Bill White - GOES-S, carrying a search and rescue instrument, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 01 March, 2018.