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Polar Scout is a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) demonstration to evaluate technologies which could be leveraged to support the detection and reporting of search and rescue beacons in arctic regions. Given the harsh and remote aspects of the arctic regions, the timeliness for detecting and reporting search and rescue needs to rescue forces is more critical than other regions. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in U.S. Arctic waters. The vast distances, lack of infrastructure, and harsh weather combine to make operations in the Arctic very difficult. S&T is partnering with USCG to evaluate the effectiveness of space-based sensors to improve operations in the Arctic.
As of 2/2018