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MEOSAR knowledge portal launched

McMurdo has launched a web-based MEOSAR Knowledge Centre, an information portal for those wanting to learn more about the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) project, the next generation version of the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue (SAR) satellite system that has helped to save more than 40,000 lives since 1982.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Distress beacon owners, government agencies, media groups and other SAR-related personnel globally will be able to track the progress of MEOSAR’s deployment and better understand its functionality through the site’s informational and educational materials, the company says.

Visitors to the online portal can check in on MEOSAR’s roll-out and deployment schedule status, the programme’s potential benefits and its impact on existing SAR technologies, as well as its role in SAR initiatives such as the European Commission’s HELIOS project to develop next generation 406MHz beacon solutions.

When fully deployed in the next few years, MEOSAR will improve the existing SAR process by adding global coverage, near-instantaneous distress beacon detection and a Return Link Service feature that acknowledges distress signal receipt.

MEOSAR’s new technologies, for example, will be able to accurately detect and locate a distress beacon signal almost instantaneously instead of taking 45 minutes or longer, as can be the case today.

The MEOSAR Knowledge Centre can be accessed through the McMurdo website.{/mprestriction}

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