MDA has been selected by Canadian government to build and deliver around 10 S&R repeaters for its Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system (MEOSR) that will be hosted onboard the USAF’s GPS satellites. The MEOSAR system repeater contract costs nearly $ 29 million as per public declaration made by Canadian government on 10th May.
The government had decided to proceed with the project a few years ago in 2015 for provision of search and rescue repeaters for the next generation GPS satellites of USAF. After completion of 22000 kilometers orbit above earth the MEOSAR will be able to identify signals from emergency beacons on earth and retransmit those signals to receiving stations on earth so that people lost on sea, mountain trails and on forest trekking trips can be traced and rescued within the right timeframe.
According to MDA’s group president Mike Greenley, once the system becomes operational it can dramatically improve speed and accuracy for location of emergency beacons that can help to both coordinate and dispatch search and rescue teams to help save people in distress that could be unable to help themselves. According to Canadian Military Officers the MEOSAR will provide capable support to the COSPAS-SARSAT which is an international search and rescue distress alert system based on satellites that was established by combined efforts of Canada, France, US and Soviet back in 1979. The system has since then helped to save lives of more than 33000 people and officials say that the new and improved MEOSAR will reduce time taken to detect location of a distress signal by just five minutes as its repeaters will improve the accuracy of locating distress beacons. The first of these GPS 3F satellites will be ready for launch by 2026 and will host MEOSAR repeaters made by Canada and are likely to be fully functional by 2027.