McMurdo, specialists in emergency readiness and response, announced on 9 May that it has been selected by a Southeast Asian search and rescue (SAR) authority to provide its Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) solution. This is the first major contract win in the region for McMurdo, who will support the contract through a local partner.
The customer will have access to the Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite system, improving accuracy and response times throughout the region for SAR teams. McMurdo will deliver a four-channel Medium-altitude Earth Orbiting Local User Terminal (MEOLUT) and an advanced Rescue Coordination Centre system. The MEOSAR-capable solution will handle the distribution and management of critical search and rescue data, including SARSAT distress beacon data. The system supports rescue planning and coordination functions to assist persons in distress.
“This new capability will greatly enhance the effectiveness of SAR operations in Southeast Asia, as we have done with our existing MEOSAR customers in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia,” Chris Loizou, Chief Business Development Officer for McMurdo parent, Orolia, stated. “Pairing the MEOSAR satellite capability with McMurdo's advanced positioning and timing search and rescue technologies will provide the fastest speed of detection and best location accuracy possible today to save even more lives.”