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McMurdo Chosen by the European Commission to Develop Search and Rescue Beacons

The European Commission (EC) has chosen McMurdo, a renowned company in the emergency planning and response industry to spearhead the development of next-generation search and rescue distress beacons for the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program’s HELIOS Project. McMurdo has been a trailblazer in satellite-aided search and rescue technology and implementations and wants to promote the regulation and standardization of these technologies worldwide in an effort to save more lives in search and rescue operations.

Mc McMurdo will receive an operating budget of around 2.4 Million of HELIOS 3.5 Million share of the Horizon 2020, Europe’s Research and Innovation Project to source world first discoveries, budget of around 80 Billion. McMurdo will chief the developmental project and employ the services and aid of top companies and agencies, including Air France, Cobham Aerospace, CNES-France Space Agency, and other companies with expertise in protective clothing design, satellite communications, distress beacons, and search and rescue maneuver operations. Streamlining, improving, and innovating the search and rescue operations of the globe using high-tech systems and satellites are the main objective of McMurdo within the Horizon 2020 Project. Streamlining the technologies globally can aid in coast guard operations, search and rescue missions, and other catastrophes to avoid confusion and better technology utilization across the board.

McMurdo has a history of industry firsts worldwide. They launched the first IMO Radar SART in 1992, they introduced the GMDSS Colour NAVTEX in 2005, and the Smartfind range of the EPIRBs in 2006. These are just a few of the technologically advanced search and rescue products they have innovated and brought to life in the world.

The products will be for search and rescue operations, including coast guard and international ocean search and rescue missions. There will be products using the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme that was first established by Canada, the U.S., Russia, and France in the late 70’s and now has 26 other countries that have been added to the program, to set up a middle earth orbit satellite system for search and rescue beacons.

The type of signals that are picked up are radio beacons, SARP-Signal Processors aboard Satellites, Rescue Coordination Centers or beacon location data, and communications from Rescue Coordination Centers in an effort to coordinate SAR Agency responses to beacons. The MEOSAR (Middle Earth Orbit Search and Rescue Satellite) system utilization is at present being referred to as DASS (Distress Alerting Satellite System) by NASA because of the almost instantaneous detection, location, and identifying beacon alert messages.

McMurdo has assisted in saving well over 37,000 people since the 80’s and is a division of Orolia, that has over 100 years of experience in emergency research and response efforts. Orolia’s combined divisions supply beacons and emergency systems to several leading-nation governments, their maritime divisions, and their space programs. These sectors include the British Royal Navy, NASA, and the United States Coast Guard. McMurdo will continue to help these divisions avert emergencies, save people’s lives, and guard their assets by participating in the Horizon 2020 Project.

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