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In June 2010, at age 16, Abby Sunderland attempted to be the youngest person to sail the world solo. When she found herself stranded and lost at sea, Abby’s life was saved by NASA-developed satellite-based search and rescue technologies that allowed rescuers to detect her distress signal and pinpoint her location thousands of miles off the Australian coast.

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Abby Sunderland, Teen Sailor

Cut 1 - 00:29 - “Having the beacon on board was a real piece of mind. Knowing that I had that as a last resort, and knowing that if all my communication did go down and I was in a serious situation that I could set that off and somebody would hear.”
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Abby Sunderland, Teen Sailor

Cut 2 - 00:16 - “The whole satellite system everything that they do is the reason that I’m here today, so you can imagine how thankful I am to them.”
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Lt. Commander Kathy Niles, US Coast Guard, SARSAT Liaison Officer

Cut 3 – 00:21 -“So that information that’s coming directly from the distress beacon to the satellites is the one key link that we have to actually find out where something is happening and hopefully, again if the beacon is registered, tell us who that beacon belongs to.”
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David Affens, NASA Search and Rescue Mission Manager

Cut 4 – 00:21 - “The distress alerting system will carry a search and rescue repeater on a complete constellation of satellites. In the case of the GPS system that means twenty-four satellites will be listening for victims all over the surface of the Earth.”
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