McMurdo awarded UK SAR upgrade contract
McMurdo has been awarded a contract by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to enhance its search and rescue (SAR) satellite technology, the company announced on 2 March.
The upgrades will enable the MCA to operate with the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellites. The contract includes one year installation and training, followed by an additional three years of service and support.
The company will install Medium Earth Orbit Local User Terminals (MEOLUT) and upgrade ground stations that operate on the GEOSAR and LEOSAR satellite constellations.
Richard Parkes, director of maritime operations, said: 'The MCA continually seek opportunities to further advance our SAR service delivery and reputation.
'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 mariners in distress with better response operations to save even more lives.'
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