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US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security launch Polar Scout CubeSats

05 December 2018

The US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 3 December launched two 6U CubeSats as part of the Polar Scout project.

Polar Scout is to evaluate the effectiveness of space-based sensors in support of Arctic search-and-rescue missions. Knowledge gained from this demonstration will be used to inform satellite technology recommendations for many potential applications within the USCG and across DHS, according to a USCG statement.

Jim Knight, USCG deputy assistant commandant for acquisition, said in a statement that Polar Scout is an opportunity to evaluate the most efficient way to ensure the US can project surface presence in the Arctic where and when it is needed, while filling an immediate search-and-rescue capability gap in those remote areas.

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