The NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center (GSFC) Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission
Office was formed in the 1970's under the oversight
of NASA Headquarters' Space Communication Division.
It is the only NASA office to support the National
Search and Rescue Plan, and serves as the designated
agency to perform Search and Rescue Research and Development
(R&D) in an effort to meet search and rescue needs.
Some of the major roles of the SAR Mission Office
To provide technical support to NOAA and other Federal
agencies in their operation and use of the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite based search and rescue system. The Search
and Rescue Mission maintains a facility called the System
Evaluation and Development Laboratory (SEDL),
which assists, in much of this technical support.
To develop enhancements to the satellite-based search
and rescue support systems.
| To apply aerospace technology to search and rescue needs.
| To be an active citizen of the search and rescue community.
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