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McMurdo wins UK SAR upgrade contract

Orolia, through its McMurdo brand, has been awarded a contract by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for nationwide enhancements to its existing Search and Rescue (SAR) satellite technology, that will allow the MCA to operate with the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellites that are currently being deployed.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The contract includes one year of installation and training, followed by an additional three years of service and support. System design and development will be completed at Orolia’s MEOSAR engineering centre in the Washington D.C. area, while local deployment and support will be provided by the Portsmouth, UK office.

The company will equip the UK MCA with a new MEOSAR-capable McMurdo mission control centre to serve as the central control system that collects distress signals and routes them to the appropriate rescue coordination centre. When fully operational, the upgraded MEOSAR system is expected to dramatically improve speed and location accuracy for detecting emergency distress beacons. 

The company will also install Medium Earth Orbit Local User Terminals (MEOLUT) and upgrade LUTs, or ground stations, that operate on the GEOSAR and LEOSAR satellite constellations.

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency continually seek opportunities to further advance our search and rescue service delivery and reputation,” said Richard Parkes, director of maritime operations, MCA.

“McMurdo’s MEOSAR-enabled mission control centre and ground stations will provide the highest calibre technology and performance to support our SAR personnel, enabling us to provide persons in distress with better response operations to save even more lives.”{/mprestriction}

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