Search & Rescue Receives SpaceX Starlink Internet

Source: Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR)

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue recently became one of the few but growing search and rescue teams with high-speed satellite internet access through the SpaceX Starlink constellation. It is a breakthrough technology for SAR, typically tasked with working in remote areas with very limited or no connectivity to perform vital search functions such as mapping or communicating with other assets participating in an effort. of research. This technology allows the SBCSAR to work and function effectively in areas that were never thought possible and also during natural disasters that may block or disable normal communication networks.

Starlink or what our team members like to call “SARlink” will enable high-speed Internet connectivity literally anywhere in SB County. The system sets up in less than 5 minutes and is highly deployable and compact, and offers speeds equal to and often faster than Inter cable. SARlink will be used to enable real-time mapping, tracking of field crews, subjects or aircraft tracking during search and rescue operations. It can also be used to stream video from field locations from our unmanned aerial systems (drones) or field crews on trail conditions.

The uses are wide and include, but are not limited to, searches for lost or missing persons, fire evacuations and evacuation planning, earthquakes, floods and debris flows, mutual aid calls to other counties that need connectivity and this special resource. It may also be available to other response agencies here in the county for calls or long-term operations.

Starlink technology is new and expensive for the team to keep running. If you would like to help offset some of these monthly costs, please contact us or visit our team website to find out how to donate to the team and help us move forward and stay on top of providing the best service to the community.

Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue is a professional, all-volunteer, unpaid 501(c)3 organization that is supported by the community through generous donations to provide services to Santa Barbara County under the direction of the County Sheriff‘s Office of Santa Barbara. To learn more about SBCSAR support, please visit our website or contact us.

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