Ok, this post does have DIRECT relevance for sailors and mariners (what is the difference between the two??).
Brand spanking new NOAA POES (Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite) will be launched!
NASA - NASA, NOAA Set to Launch NOAA-N Prime Satellite
It will be carrying emergency
locator stuff built by France
"NOAA-N Prime has instruments that support the Search and Rescue
Satellite-Aided Tracking System (SARSAT), part of the international satellite
system that includes the Russian provided satellites (COSPAS). Since SARSAT was established in 1982, NOAA polar-orbiting satellites have been detecting emergency distress
beacons set by aviators, mariners and individuals in remote
locations and relaying them to ground stations so that rescue
teams may be dispatched. More than 24,500 lives have been saved through the satellite
based Search and Rescue system to date."
SWEET!! I cannot wait to get the first sets of transmissions from this newest addition (Eventually will be called NOAA 19).
This is some exciting stuff!!
And ..... ummm...... it affects sailing.