McMurdo launches online MEOSAR Knowledge Center

(LANHAM, Md.) —– Emergency readiness and response provider McMurdo has launched a Web-based MEOSAR Knowledge Center.

The site is an information portal for MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue), the next-generation version of the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue (SAR) satellite system that has helped to save over 40,000 lives since 1982. 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 a variety of informational and educational materials.

Visitors to the online MEOSAR Knowledge Center will have access to information including:

• MEOSAR roll-out and deployment schedule status
• MEOSAR benefits and its impact on existing SAR products, technologies and systems
• MEOSAR’s role in SAR initiatives such as the European Commission’s HELIOS project to develop next generation 406-MHz beacon solutions
• Use case examples including the first MEOSAR-related rescue story
• Educational webinars, presentations and press articles
• Important Cospas-Sarsat resources and materials

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

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

McMurdo recently installed the first MEOSAR systems in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world.

Click here to visit the MEOSAR Knowledge Center.

By Professional Mariner Staff