Originally published: May 23, 2014
Last updated: May 23, 2014 - 8:11pm
Since 1982, 37,000 people, including 7,000 Americans, survived potentially disastrous incidents because of the COSPAS-SARSAT rescue network. That record earned the satellite system an induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
The honor recognizes technologies originally developed for space applications that ultimately improve live on Earth, and few technologies rival COSPAS-SARSAT in life-preserving metrics.
In 2013 alone, COSPAS-SARSAT’s network of satellites that detect and locate distress signals from emergency beacons led to the rescue of 253 people from potentially deadly situations. The network involves numerous satellites, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites. Altogether the program comprises 43 countries and organizations.
- FCC chief Tom Wheeler, a former cable TV lobbyist, is making his old industry sweat
- AT&T deal for T-Mobile deserves close scrutiny
- FTC, CPB Nominees
- Tampa Pubcaster Nominated for International Broadcasting Bureau
- Copper theft leaves Londoners without broadband service
- Colorado wildfire: Denver TV stations clash with Larimer officials on fire coverage
- Broadcasters Spent Nearly $4.3M Lobbying in 2007
- Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were Unleashing on the World
- Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email: 'I see email being used, by and large, exactly the way I envisioned'
- The Alex from Target marketing hoax was itself a marketing hoax, because everything on the Internet is a lie
- National Baseball Hall of Fame's App Pings You With Location-Based Facts
- Comcast: We’ll Stick With Triple Play
- Final Four Marches into Cable TV Future
- San Jose City Hall to be permanent home for Silicon Valley patent office
- Christine O'Donnell and the rise of cable TV politics: Why we're responsible