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Welcome to SARSAT

Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking

The SARSAT system is fully operational and detection and delivery of distress alerts have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the SARSAT website may not be updated regularly, please reference the date of the information. We will continue to update as possible. Beacon registrations continue to be processed normally.

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 as well as GPS satellites in medium earth orbit 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!

NOAA-SARSAT is a part of the international Cospas-Sarsat Program to which 45 nations and two independent SAR organizations belong. To find out more about SARSAT please feel free to explore our website. We hope you enjoy your visit! 

SARSAT - A Lifeline To Survival!

For important information on Airworthiness Directives, Ameri-King ELTs, recalls on Kannad EPIRBS, and a warning regarding unapproved beacon batteries, visit our safety notices page.

All U.S. coded beacons must be registered with NOAA. Read or download our registration brochure to learn more!

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COSPAS-SARSAT Rescues January 7, 2022


Number of People Rescued in Calendar Year 2022 in the United States: 4

Number of People Rescued in Calendar Year 2021 in the United States: 330

Recent Calendar Year Totals in the United States:

2020: 304 people
2019: 421 people
2018: 340 people
2017: 275 people
2016: 307 people
2015: 250 people
2014: 240 people
2013: 261 people
2012: 263 people
2011: 207 people
2010: 295 people
2009: 195 people
2008: 282 people
2007: 353 people
2006: 272 people
2005: 222 people
2004: 260 people
2003: 224 people
2002: 171 people
2001: 166 people